But the E 220 d does not just post top values when being driven. In a holistic analysis the experts additionally calculate into the equation the CO₂ emissions from the manufacturing and recovery phase. According to this, during its life cycle (material manufacturing, production, driving 250,000 kilometres and recycling) it produces a total of 36 tonnes of CO₂ emissions, compared with 51 tonnes produced by its predecessor. Thus it improves its CO₂ output by 29 percent. There is a similar picture when it comes to calculating the energy. Over all the life phases, some 27 percent less primary energy is consumed for the E 220 d, and when converted this corresponds to the energy content of around 6,000 litres of diesel fuel. Not only does the new E-Class achieve the recycling rate of 95 percent by weight, it also closes many material loops. In total, 72 components with a combined proportionate weight of 54.4 kilograms are made from high-quality recycled plastics. This means that the mass of components made from secondary raw materials has been increased by 30 percent compared with the outgoing model.