Total cost of ownership
OC 500 LE

Total cost of ownership

A good feeling. Mercedes-Benz has already subjected the new chassis to intensive tests. These include endurance tests and hydropulser testing of individual components such as the axles and tanks. And the new engines, too, have been tested under the most exacting conditions ranging from the icy polar circle to the heat and dust of South Africa, for their use on complete buses or on trucks with a permissible gross combination weight of up to 40 t. The tests also include loads so extreme that they never occur in real scheduled-service bus operation. All for a single goal: the good feeling to know you have a secure base for sophisticated, economically-efficient, environmentally-compatible urban and inter-city buses. 

Lower emission levels do not necessarily mean more weight: Mercedes-Benz has been able to implement Euro VI without increasing the vehicle weight. The new rear axle is just one of the numerous measures with which developers have been able to compensate for the unavoidable increased weight due to Euro VI. Additional weight savings came thanks to the new engine encapsulation, the lighter, more efficient alternators and not least through the use of high-strength steels for the optimised frame. The result: not a kilo too many - yet unchangingly robust.

In order for you to be able to save valuable time and expensive transfer costs before the first stage of work, the buggy central sector has also been further improved. Thanks to the redesigned transport module, the OC 500 LE with its own drive system is manoeuvrable and steerable, protecting at the same time the valuable components against damage during transport and enabling simple, secure handling. Quick release connectors on the wiring harnesses make it possible for you to rapidly begin with the installation of the vehicle body.

Mercedes Benz was able not only to keep fuel consumption at the accustomed low levels, but also to reduce AdBlue® consumption by as much as 40 % and oil consumption by up to 50 %. This means that in future your customers will be able to cover even greater distances with the 280 litres of diesel fuel and 45 litres of AdBlue additive. And the diesel particulate filter has filter change intervals of up to 240,000 km or after 2 years.