The Mercedes-Benz Econic is turning 25.
A forerunner celebrates its anniversary: thanks to its constant improvement and the courage to break new ground, the Econic has secured a pioneering role in the industry. The innovative Special Truck proves its versatility in waste management, road construction, transport and many other areas of application. With the introduction of environmentally friendly drive solutions such as natural gas technology and all-electric drive, the Econic has shown what the future of mobility looks like.
A star is born.
Our journey begins in 1998, when Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks unveils the first Econic as a groundbreaking low-floor special vehicle. What the audience at the “Entsorga” trade fair at the time does not know: Over the next 25 years, the Econic will drive innovation in the areas of economy and environmental friendliness and leave its mark on the world’s roads.
Right at the beginning, back then still in Arbon, a small town on the Swiss side of Lake Constance, the Special Truck makes industrial history. Due to the great initial success of the low-entry star, the portfolio will be expanded three years later to include a 6x4 and an 8x4/4 drive variant. In 2002, Mercedes-Benz Trucks then demonstrates the sustainability of the truck: the Econic becomes the first vehicle in its class to be powered by natural gas.