It's all about fuel monitoring and management

The first diesel-electric hybrid to come to Australia will be released next month.

According to US website Green Car Reports, the new Mercedes-Benz E300 Bluetec Hybrid is a triumph.

"The combination of diesel and electric power is a smooth, refined and punchy pairing" states their review.

This pairing also makes for an eco-friendly drive, with European fuel tests revealing the E300 Bluetec Hybrid can average 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres.

There are a number of factors that make this car's rate of fuel consumption so low.

First of all, the E300 Bluetec Hybrid comes with an ECO start/stop function that enables its engine to switch off automatically when the car ceases moving (e.g. during traffic jams or at traffic lights).

Each vehicle also has an ECO display, which presents the driver with an evaluation of his or her "driving style", according to the Mercedes-Benz Australia website. This allows the driver to see how efficiently they are driving and adjust their style if needed.

A few "on-demand" controls have been installed in the E300 Bluetec Hybrid, including air-conditioning that switches off automatically when not required.

In addition to this, "the pumping pressure of the fuel pump is based on the precise amount of fuel needed at the time", which allows the vehicle to more efficiently manage how much fuel is being used.

All in all, car fuel consumption is kept down in the E300 Bluetec Hybrid due to state-of-the-art fuel monitoring and management systems.

These are both services that Smartfleet can provide your company.

Our fleet management software will give you regular reports on how much fuel your cars are using, so you can inform your drivers and make adjustments.

If you outsource your fleet management to us, we can help you to implement those adjustments - whether they involve using different fuels, changing the configuration of your vehicles or providing you with ways to alter your drivers' habits.