From Stuttgart to Hamburg and back – Mercedes-Benz has been measuring fuel consumption along this route for the past 20 years. On the Drackensteiner Hang, the tractor/semitrailer combination needs power. With its nearly 40 tonnes gross weight, the Actros is fully laden. It’s logical that a truck will need more fuel on this climb than on a flat stretch of road. After all, the truck will be climbing to an elevation of 800 meters during this stage. In this first step of the journey, from Stuttgart to the rest area at Ellwanger Berge, the truck is already consuming fuel at a rate of 34 litres per 100 kilometres.
“Such stretches of road are to be expected. We want to have real-life conditions, and that’s why the route has to include everything,” says Dirk Haas, as he looks at the laptop on the dashboard displaying the consumption data.