What is BlueTEC® Technology?
Electric cars may be the way of the future, and that future may be arriving far sooner than a lot of people realize. But at the same time, that doesn’t change the fact that vehicles powered by more traditional fuel sources are still commonplace – and those same fuel sources can still have a negative impact on the environment if we’re not careful.
Mercedes-Benz has always been an auto manufacturer that recognized this, and it has never been shy of rising to the challenge to be as environmentally friendly as possible when it comes to its cars. BlueTEC® was perhaps one of the biggest example of this – although rest assured, there were many others.
What Was BlueTEC®?
At its core, BlueTEC® was a combination of several different sophisticated diesel technologies that worked together to form something far more powerful than any one of them could be on their own. The various components that made up the system included:
- A state-of-the-art, high-pressure fuel injection system. This was intended to optimize injection pressure and rate to create the smoothest operation possible.
- A variable-vane turbocharger, which brought with it the added benefit of more complete, powerful combustion.
- AdBlue, which was a liquid solution that was injected into the exhaust. This dramatically reduced a vehicle’s emissions output by converting nitrogen oxide emissions into regular nitrogen and oxygen.
All of this contributed greatly to Mercedes-Benz’ reputation as one of the most environmentally friendly and consumer conscious auto manufacturers working in the industry today. Any vehicle equipped with BlueTEC® got between six and eight miles per gallon better than their gas-powered equivalents in terms of fuel economy, for example. Likewise, BlueTEC® made its mark on a number of different vehicles across the product line including the E-Class Sedan, the GLE SUV and more.
Of course, none of this meant that drivers had to sacrifice the raw power that diesel-powered vehicles became known for – far from it. The aforementioned GLE SUV came with a massive 6,600 pounds of towing capacity, along with 369 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re wondering why BlueTEC® is being referred to in the past tense, it’s for a simple reason: no current Mercedes-Benz vehicle in the United States actually supports this technology. This is because in 2018, the auto manufacturer announced that it would stop selling diesel passenger cars in the United States entirely – this despite the fact that they were still very popular with many people out there.
If nothing else, this is just another in a long line of examples of how Mercedes-Benz is always willing to make the most environmentally conscious decisions possible – even when the consequences of those decisions eat into their own bottom line. The company could have easily continued to sell diesel-powered cars for many more years and could have touted advancements in BlueTEC® and other technologies as justification.
But they didn’t. They made the forward-thinking decision to leave a little money on the table now in the name of moving us one (significant) step closer to a future where emissions issues are a thing of the past and clean engines rule the day. It’s a step that all companies could stand to learn from, and it’s an example that many of them should aspire to follow.
If you’d like to find out even more information about technologies like BlueTEC® and Mercedes-Benz’ continued commitment towards making the most environmentally friendly choices possible with its vehicles, or if you just have any additional questions that you’d like to discuss with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – give us a call at Mercedes-Benz of Massapequa or head on into our showroom today.