The highest charge I have seen was 98% and the lowest is 33%.
Longer journeys are predominately over 55mpg. Personal best was 69mpg over 50 miles. Short journeys with a large proportion before the engine has fully warmed up (Plus too much in the boot) resulted in a real average of 48.8mpg over 18,000 miles this year so far.
Moderate to heavy "A" road traffic while in a mellow mood appears to get the best performance. I am envious of Andrew Frankel who managed 73.6mpg from Morocco to Goodwood, but I doubt that I drive as genteelly as he did.
Overall, it appears to match what I expected, I still get about the same percentage of the official combined cycle that the previous VW achieved. Therefore it is in line with what Mercedes Marketing claim with a 10-15% improvement over a similar E250 in my case.
I had a sedate drive back from work yesterday. Sitting in traffic for 10 minutes, then Motorway cruising followed by 5 minutes of A-road to home. All in 32 miles and the trip showed 61.8mpg. I was extremely happy with that.
I am interested to get a E300 Bluetec Hybrid, but I'm a bit concern about the price of its replacement Li-ion battery. While I also own a Honda Hybrid, but I think it uses a Ni-MH which is cheaper than the Prius's.
Any idea of the E300's Li-ion battery price ? Thanks.