Both cities and municipalities are faced with growing demands. One key point is providing sustainable solutions for densely-populated cities. These solutions must also combine high performance and efficiency with maximum safety for all road users. The goal is to lighten the load on municipal workers and improve air quality in polluted areas.
The answer to all these demands is the Mercedes-Benz Econic. It has been specifically engineered for urban applications. The DirectVision cab has a low seating position that extends the driver's field of vision, increasing safety in urban traffic. Modern assistance systems, an especially low entry and exit and a spacious cab further support the team of workers. eEconic electric trucks with battery-electric drivetrains are permitted to operate in low-emission zones. Both today and in the future.
The Econic stands out from the crowd of urban refuse collection vehicles with its extensive safety assistance and sustainable drive systems.
Space is often tight in municipal street cleaning and refuse collection applications: narrow roads and heavy traffic lead to difficult situations. The Econic was developed as a low-floor vehicle for just this reason: good with heavy loads and more agile and ergonomic than almost any other commercial vehicle. The perfect vehicle for waste management.
The eEconic with battery-electric drivetrain is the logical next development of our efficient and environmentally-friendly truck for the cities of today and tomorrow.
We want maximum mobility and flexible waste disposal concepts. At the same time, we also want clean air and a high quality of life. The Econic pulls off this balancing act effortlessly. It is available with an efficient Euro VI diesel engine or innovative battery-electric drivetrain. It produces zero local emissions and is extremely quiet and economical. For freedom to operate in low-emission zones. Day and night.
Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH has found a way to combine greater efficiency with climate friendliness: the all-electric eEconic. Following an initial series of successful tests, Frankfurt is one of an exclusive number of cities trying out the special truck in refuse collection.
The DirectVision cab on the Econic ensures optimum all-round visibility.
Streets lined with parked cars, tricky traffic situations, passing cyclists– everyday challenges in the waste disposal business. The Econic with DirectVision cab is perfectly adapted to cope with all this. The low seating position and panoramic glazing extend the field of vision and puts the driver at eye level with all other road users. A sophisticated mirror and camera system prevents blind spots. The outstanding all-round visibility makes manoeuvring easier and prevents hazards from arising in the first place.
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In addition to the DirectVision cab, the agile Econic also has a wide range of driver assistance systems that make manoeuvring on obstructed roads or in tricky traffic situations much easier for the disposal crews working for the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in Northern Ireland.
The Econic features impressive intelligent assistance systems for greater safety.
State-of-the-art imaging and sensing systems assist Econic drivers when turning, manoeuvring, reversing or when encountering unexpected obstacles. The sensor-driven Active Brake Assist emergency braking system generates a visual and acoustic warning where there is a risk of collision and can brake automatically. Also available with pedestrian detection* on request. A crucial advantage for refuse collection on busy roads: the optional blind spot camera system* with automatic indicator. Cameras on the exterior mirrors and front and rear-view cameras show the driver colleagues or other road users in areas that are not directly visible. A 7-inch monitor can show images from up to four cameras.
The safety assistance systems of the Econic.
An extensive package of safety assistance systems helps the Econic driver to keep on top of things in critical situations.
The basic equipment version includes:
- Active Brake Assist 5
- Rain/light sensor
- Lane Keeping Assist
The following are optionally available:
- Blind spot camera system
- Sideguard Assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Speed limitation when reversing
- Automatically activated hazard warning lights
- Work lamps
- Preinstalled reversing assistant
- Preinstalled vehicle surround lighting
Blind spot camera system*.
The blind spot camera system uses an ergonomically positioned monitor to display images of the vehicle's surroundings that are important for the particular driving situation. This allows the driver to keep an eye on everything that matters when reversing, manoeuvring and turning.
* Special equipment
** The system can react to stationary and moving objects and to moving pedestrians by applying partial or full-stop braking within system boundaries or within the physical limits. The driver remains fully responsible for driving the vehicle safely even in these traffic situations.
The Econic supports the driver and crew with well-thought-out solutions for waste disposal operations.
Stop the vehicle, get out, empty the bins, quickly get back in the cab and on to the next stop: waste disposal is tough physical work. The Econic has therefore been designed to lighten the load on crews. The low entry and exit has just two steps, which is good for the joints and spine and speeds up workflows. The roomy cab has space for up to four people. As the engine tunnel is omitted in the eEconic, users also benefit from being able to climb through the flat-floored cab. The well-thought-out cockpit also improves working comfort – from the multifunction steering wheel to individually-positionable body controls and emergency stop switch in the dash support.
Drivers can quickly grasp all important vehicle information via the instrumentation and modern display. Centrally positioned displays for imaging safety systems (optional) also allow drivers to view camera images from around the vehicle. The electrical roller sunblind provides glare protection and can even be lowered to the height of the exterior mirrors when the cameras are in use.
A multitasking master.
Thanks to its clear displays and intuitive instruments, drivers will quickly feel at home in the cockpit. For example, the premium engine brake is easy to apply using the multifunction lever on the right. Radio, telephone and instrumentation are conveniently operated from the multifunction steering wheel. Body controls can easily be integrated into the cockpit to allow the driver to check on important functions directly from the cab.
Room for productivity.
Whatever your plans for the Econic, the spacious and sophisticated cab design provides great freedom of movement and optimum working conditions. Depending on its intended use, there is space for up to three passengers. Ideal for frequent stops: When moving off, the folding door on the front passenger side closes automatically. A hinged door can also be installed depending on the intended use.
Benefit from attractive conditions for the Econic (diesel) ergonomic equipment package.
The cockpit has been further developed, fully networked and is now even easier to operate. The modern and high-resolution, intuitive color display in the eEconic provides a clear presentation of all driving and vehicle information. This provides the driver with all important information, such as the charge status of the batteries, the remaining range, and the current and average energy consumption.
Everything in view.
All important vehicle information is available in the multimedia cockpit. The centrally positioned displays for optional imaging safety systems also allow drivers to view camera images from around the vehicle. The Thermocontrol windscreen ensures good visibility even in poor weather conditions.
Great freedom of movement.
The spacious cab on the eEconic provides space for the driver and up to three front passengers. The clever vehicle design means the crew benefits from ample freedom of movement and optimum working conditions. Ideal for frequent stops: When moving off, the folding door on the front passenger side closes automatically. A hinged door is also available as an option.
Clean and economical at the same time: innovative diesel and electric motors for the Econic.
Bring your A game – as environmentally friendly and economical as you could wish for. The Econic does this effortlessly, regardless of the application. What is more, the electric version produces zero local emissions.
Full speed ahead into the future: the eEconic.
Anyone familiar with urban traffic will love the eEconic. It has all the advantages of the tried-and-tested diesel Econic but with additional sophisticated electric components. For optimum performance in the often hectic hustle and bustle of urban life.
- Quiet with zero emissions
- Designed for municipal use
- Covers almost all typical refuse collection routes in single-shift operation on a single battery charge
Flexibility that gives plenty of elbow room.
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