Narrow roads and cramped streets sometimes present refuse collection vehicles with real challenges. Manoeuvring or detours cost time and mean stress for the driver. The new Econic Special Edition with only 2.40 m width scores high marks where things get tight.
Special model as a team project.
The Econic Special Edition is based on the chassis of the Econic 6x2/4. This guarantees it all the benefits of the tried-and-tested low-entry design of the Special Truck from Mercedes-Benz, such as low entry and a direct view of other road users. Besides ergonomical and safety advantages, the Econic also wins thanks to its environmentally friendly drive with Euro-VI technology or optionally with natural gas.
Altering the chassis to the reduced width of a slim 2.40 m was the job of Paul Nutzfahrzeuge, working closely with bodybuilder Geesinknorba, a company that specialises in refuse disposal vehicles. However, the conversion to the narrower width is not limited exclusively to one bodybuilder: it can also be ordered from other partners as a dual-invoice transaction.
Besides making the axles narrower, the cab was narrowed at the wheel arches and the rear-view mirrors; but the cab is still big enough for up to three people. Despite the slimming measures, the Econic Special Edition still has a payload of over 11 t and can therefore be used as a fully-fledged refuse collection truck.