Drivers who master the three-fold strategy of recuperation, foresighted driving and sailing can double a range buffer of 25 kilometres up to 50 kilometres, for example. The cruise control can also stabilise the vehicle’s range when deployed in favourable driving conditions. When the driver makes use of all these attributes, the Eco Score feature, which rates economical and ecological driving in the instrument cluster on board the B-Class, displays a score of 99 percent. At one point, it even hits 100 percent!
Charging points are very popular as parking spaces. In Soltau one charging point is unoccupied, at least. The app establishes the necessary connection and the batteries are primed with green power for the next leg of the journey. “The range of the batteries has risen continually in recent years by eight percent annually. And this trend will continue in the coming years. This means that the current ranges will be doubled by 2024 at the latest. And at the end of the decade we will be well over 400 kilometres,” notes Schenk.
ELECTRICITY IS BILLED BY THE CHARGING HOUR, NOT BY THE KILOWATT HOUR
Payment is based not on kilowatt hours, but on the charging time. On average, one hour costs around 4.60 euros. The subsequent statement of account from PayPal does not provide any indication of the quantity of electricity charged, either.