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I told my wife how the E 300 made me want to be a better man. I asked whether I could have one...

than the company I normally keep; and the instruments are quirky and blink with scientific wizardry. I didn’t really get to drive the car until I headed for home much later. On the open road it is majestic, 0-60 mph in a heartbeat and scarily fast should you be so inclined. It wasn’t its power and responsiveness that affected me though. It was the fusion of fossil fuel and instantly renewable energy under the bonnet. The flight display keeps you up to date with the energy stored in the battery and the tank. A graphic tells how far you may travel with your current stores of fuel. And I discovered that with steady driving, the

dial stands still. I’m no climate change denier. I recycled long before I had to. So I soon became obsessed with saving diesel, money and the planet all at the same time. I drove like a grown up. I was calm, focused and filled with righteousness. At journey’s end, 100 miles from my office, I had barely consumed more than a pipette of crushed prehistoric bug juice. My carbon footprint was feather light and all the sorrows of the day had floated from me. I couldn’t wait to drive again. Back at work I got the personal buzz from the E. As I pulled into the DBS law car park I could feel the eyes of my colleagues fall upon me with new found admiration and respect.


I didn’t tell anyone it wasn’t mine. At home I told my wife how the E 300 made me want to be a better man. I asked whether I could have one. “Maybe if you’re good,” she said. n The car Richard drove was an E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid AMG Sport (diesel) with a total RRP including VAT price of £41,355. It was supplied by: Mercedes-Benz of Wolverhampton 46 Penn Road Inner Ring Road Wolverhampton WV2 4HD Tel 01902 427 897