Mercedes ML Meets ISO TR 14062

Say you’re hankering for an SUV but there’s that little environmental angel on your shoulder that is telling you to buy something that’s greener.

Say you’re hankering for an SUV but there’s that little environmental angel on your shoulder that is telling you to buy something that’s greener. Well, you can assuage any guilt you might have in this regard and go out and get a Mercedes M-Class, which has been certified by the German TÜV Süd to be in compliance with ISO standard TR 14062, the environmental standard.

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The standard is based on a total life cycle analysis (LCA) of the vehicle. To be sure, one part of this looks at fuel efficiency and emissions. So, for example, the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC can travel 62.14 miles on a mere 1.595 gallons of diesel, and the emissions, thanks to the use of the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system with AdBlue injection has emissions that are less than the proposed 2014 EU6 guidelines.

Compared with the 2011 ML 300 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 4MATIC that it replaces, the 2012 SUV has 25% fewer CO2 emissions and 38% less NOX emissions.

But other considerations are part of the certification. Like the use of components made from recyclates. The ML uses 37 components that are made from materials that used to be something else. For example, the wheel arch linings were once starter battery casings, bumper covers, and/or process waste from cockpit production. The car meets the 2015 cross-Europe requirement for being 95% recyclable. Additionally, 15 components are made with renewable materials, which, by weight (a total 28 lb, 14 oz), are a 153% increase compared with the previous model.

So yes, you can go big and go green at the same time.