Mercedes eEconic: Daimler electrifies the garbage truck

Garbage collection should become quieter: The Stuttgart-based automotive group Daimler has announced that it will electrify its Econic truck. The truck, the special feature of which is a low-lying driver's cab, can be fitted with various superstructures and is intended for municipal use.

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Daimler equips the eEconic with the drive train of the eActros electric truck. The eActros, which is designed for heavy distribution traffic, has two engines, each with an output of 125 kilowatts. The battery has a capacity of 240 kilowatt hours. Its range is around 200 kilometers.

The eEconic is to be launched on the market in 2022 in the 6×2 / N NLA configuration and will primarily be used as a refuse collection vehicle. Daimler plans to hand over the first vehicles for pilot projects to customers next year.

"We at Daimler Trucks & Buses want to offer all new trucks and buses in our main sales regions in a CO2-neutral manner by 2039". said Gesa Reimelt, Head of Electromobility at Daimler Trucks & Buses. "With our global platform strategy, we also rely on uniform technologies and vehicle architectures worldwide for electric vehicles and can accelerate development enormously through synergies. The eEconic is based on our eActros, which is already in intensive practical use and will go into series production from 2021."

Less noise from electric drives

Electrically powered garbage trucks, excavators and other electric utility vehicles are clean. Above all, residents appreciate that they are quieter than the conventional ones with a diesel engine. In some cities, such as the Austrian capital Vienna, such electric service vehicles are in test operation or even in regular use.

In addition to the eActros, Daimler has other electric trucks in its product portfolio: The Fuso eCanter light truck is already in use in Europe, Japan and the USA. The US brand Freightliner offers the medium-weight eM2 and the semi-trailer eCascadia. Both vehicles are undergoing practical tests for customers.

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