Liverpool's city council relies on the Econic to achieve climate goals more quickly.
Green on the outside, green on the inside: Liverpool's city council has procured 20 new Econic vehicles for the city's waste disposal. They are powered by clean energy produced from biogas. This should help curb the city's air pollution to the lowest level possible and give both the population and environment some relief.
Sometimes less is more.
Liverpool, in the north west of England and home to around 495,000 inhabitants, has set itself some ambitious climate goals. The city is to be greener and the quality of life there better. In order that the population and visitors can breathe more easily in future, the city council intends to reduce the use of diesel-driven vehicles as much as possible.
Cue the Econic NGT: compared to their predecessors, the 20 new vehicles in the municipal fleet produce 80 % less carbon and even 90 % less nitrogen oxide. The biomethane that powers their engines is obtained from waste material and is thus 100 % renewable. As a result fuel costs for the city are significantly lower than previously – by operating the new fleet these have been reduced by 35 %.
For Harvey Mitchell, who together with his team is responsible for the city's waste management, those advantages are almost unbeatable. The head of the service for refuse and recycling at Liverpool Streetscene Services is very impressed by the Econic: "These gas-driven trucks are much cleaner and also quieter than traditional refuse collection vehicles. So we're confident that they'll make a real difference to the local environment."
The Econic vehicles will be covering more than 240,000 km every year in the city centre of Liverpool, so the vehicles' durability is also extremely important. "We are counting on the reliability, the high safety standards and the user-friendly design which our previous Econic trucks have been demonstrating for years," Harvey Mitchell points out further.
Green on the outside, strong on the inside.
Sales and service from one source: Harvey Mitchell is not only impressed with the product, but also by the customer care in the Mercedes-Benz dealership network. "The purchase was preceded by a public tender process. We then chose the offer made by Roanza Truck & Services, the local sales partner and worked together with the experts there in order to get the Econic that perfectly suits our requirements."
Ultimately 20 Econic 2630L were delivered. The trucks are powered by 7.7-litre six-cylinder inline engines, and with an output of 222 kW (299 hp) and a six-speed Allison automatic transmission off they go through the streets of Liverpool. "And although we maintain our vehicles ourselves, Roanza always supplies us with competitively priced spare parts and is also ready to give us any amount of expert advice about the Econic whenever it's needed," says a delighted Harvey Mitchell.