The Econic empties waste bins and cleans up sewers for Aberdeenshire Council.
The Scottish county of Aberdeenshire is focused on efficiency. As a fleet manager, Paul Grey takes care of the municipal fleet and has a fitting solution to the county administration's economic and ecological requirements: Econic. Currently, he has nine of the Mercedes-Benz DirectVision trucks in operation – eight waste-disposal vehicles and one specially equipped sewer cleaning vehicle. And these not only prove to be effective for waste disposal and cleaning tasks, but have also fully convinced the decision-makers when it comes to safety.
Lots of space in the tank.
For its waste disposal service, Aberdeenshire Council has been solely relying on Econic trucks for seven years already. Highlight of the fleet: a new, specially equipped low-entry truck with a vacuum tank body. This truck is in operation throughout the entire county in order to empty gullies and clean drainage channels near motorways.
Uncommonly for Great Britain, the truck has a left-hand drive. This gives the driver a better view of the side of the road during operation.
In contrast to its predecessor, an 18-tonner, the Econic has a permissible gross vehicle weight of 26 t. In conjunction with a longer chassis, this weight increase allows for a larger body to be installed on the truck. The vacuum tank by Whale Tankers carries a whopping 11,800 litres of water and is equipped with a high-performance nozzle system.
More volume and better manoeuvrability.
The waste disposal vehicles are equipped with waste compactor bodies by Farid Hillend Engineering. Due to their 4,500-mm wheelbase, the new Econic trucks are a total of 300 mm longer than their predecessors. As is the case for the tanker vehicle, the additional length makes it possible for the waste disposal trucks to be equipped with a larger container, which is also usable for transporting recyclable food waste. Fleet manager Paul Gray is very pleased by this. "Our communities strongly approve of food waste recycling. Due to increased volumes, we need larger containers on our waste disposal vehicles," he reports.
All nine trucks are 6x2 variants with steerable rear axles – for optimal manoeuvrability. Paul Gray knows that particularly on narrow roads full of parked cars, this is a decisive advantage. The Econic 2630L models are powered by high-torque 7.7-litre in-line six-cylinder engines with an output of 220 kW (299 hp). In conjunction with a six-speed Allison automatic transmission, this engine provides the necessary dynamic propulsion and agility for each job.