FRANKFURT TAKES A STEP TOWARDS CLIMATE NEUTRALITY WITH eECONIC WASTE MANAGEMENT VEHICLES.
Frankfurt am Main is not only the largest financial nucleus and an important transport hub in Europe, but also a pioneer in sustainable urban development, clean energy, and e-mobility. One of the city on the Main's ambitious goals is to become climate neutral by 2035 – local authorities are aiming to do so by as early as 2030. Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES) has now put down a milestone towards this target: the municipal waste management company has commissioned six of a total of eight battery-electric eEconic from Daimler Truck.
BENCHMARK IN THE CITY.
"The vehicle fits perfectly with our operational requirements and our charging concept, where waste vehicles are supplied with electricity from the waste-to-energy plant at their depot. We also rely on the strategic partnership with Daimler Truck," explains FES Managing Director Dirk Remmert.
Municipal curbside waste collection is a demanding task, not only in the Rhine-Main region, as it requires a combination of range, robustness and reliability – all of these requirements are met by the eEconic. With its three battery packs totalling 336 kWh, it can cover almost all inner-city waste collection routes on a single battery charge. The standard Multimedia Cockpit Interactive continuously provides information about the battery charge level, remaining range, as well as current and average energy consumption.
FANTASTIC DRIVING EXPERIENCE. WE’RE NOT JUST REDUCING CO2 HERE, BUT HAVING FUN TOO.
Dirk Remmert, Managing Director, Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH
STOP-AND-GO. AND GO. AND GO.
With anticipatory driving, energy can be recovered through recuperation, which is particularly helpful during waste collection duties. As Joachim Schlereth, Head of Sales and Services for Trucks at Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Germany, explains: "the eEconic was always going to be used for municipal deployment with frequent stop-and-go operations thanks to its local CO2 neutrality and low noise emissions. We are very pleased to now have the battery-electric waste disposal specialist as part of the FES fleet."
TRUSTED, TESTED AND PROVEN TO BE OUTSTANDING.
Before the largest waste management company in the Rhine-Main region opted for the eEconic, the truck was thoroughly put through its paces: the successful trials also impressed Dirk Remmert, Managing Director of FES: “the positive experience with the pre-series vehicle and a good amount of trust gained from our long-standing and solid business relationship have encouraged us, as a sustainable waste management company, to supplement our fleet with the standard configurations of the eEconic.”
BOTH EYES ON ENVIRONMENT AND TRAFFIC.
The turning assistant and the fifth-generation Active Brake Assist represent additional safety features in urban traffic. Both are available as standard. Thanks to the generous, panoramic glazing in the DirectVision cab and the low seating position, the driver always has an overview of the traffic situation. Even in freezing temperatures: the coated and heated ThermoControl windscreen prevents the window from misting up due to the weather. In summer, it reduces heating of the interior by sunlight.
SILENT AND POWERFUL.
The low-floor truck with a permissible total weight of 27 tons, equipped with an electric axle and integrated drive unit as well as two electric motors, is based on the eActros for heavy distribution haulage. As its electric motors are not only locally emission-free but also very silent, all vehicles are equipped with the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System as standard. In accordance with legal requirements, a sound is generated at low speeds to alert pedestrians or cyclists.
The body is also silent and powerful: all eight of Frankfurt's eEconic vehicles are equipped with a waste collection body provided by Zöller, specifically the Medium X4 22.5 Clean Drive. The Clean Drive body, designed specifically for fully electric chassis with a high-voltage interface, consists of an electrified collector container with a capacity of 22.3 km3, two internally installed electric motors with directly attached hydraulic pumps, a converter, and a rectifier.