Mercedes-Benz is electrifying the tried-and-tested Econic to protect mankind and the climate.
Towns are growing. As too are the demands placed on mobility, logistics, the environment and quality of life. Our answer to this is a commercial vehicle which is up to the challenge. It is powerful and efficient whilst also delivering the greatest possible safety for all road users. And, with its emission-free and quiet drive system, it provides sustainable solutions to combat the increasing environmental pollution in conurbations. The Econic: coming soon with a purely battery-electric drive.
Colourful hustle and bustle, short distances and good supplies: many people make a conscious decision to live in the city. But all of the benefits have a downside. Noise and emissions are a burden on residents and workers in many places. We want to change that. And we see electromobility as the solution.
Electrification of urban transport is not only necessary, but also makes sense. This is because it offers ideal conditions for the introduction and operation of electric vehicles, as electric vehicles can demonstrate their strengths particularly well in the stop-start traffic of inner-city areas.
In traditional internal combustion engines, the energy required to accelerate cars or trucks is converted into heat when the vehicles are braked. This then dissipates as unused waste energy into the environment. Electric vehicles, on the other hand, can recover some of this kinetic energy through so-called recuperation during braking and feed it back into the battery. This energy is then available again for propulsion during the next acceleration phase.
This type of energy recovery is based on the generator principle, which means that the kinetic energy released during braking is converted into electrical energy by electromagnetic induction – similar to a bicycle dynamo.
A positive side effect: through regenerative braking, the brakes of electric vehicles are less intensively stressed compared to those of internal combustion vehicles. This protects the brakes and also releases lesser quantities of harmful brake dust into the environment.
Traffic noise stresses and even damages our ears over the long term. In noisy major cities worldwide, hearing ages by an average of 10 to 15 years.* With electric vehicles, there is no drive noise. Commercial vehicles in particular, which start and stop very frequently, can contribute to a significant reduction in noise emissions if equipped with an all-electric drive.
*Source: mimi.io hearing index, 2017
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Greenhouse gas emissions, such as CO₂ emissions, have clear negative effects on health and the climate. An advantage of e-mobility: on the road, an electric vehicle does not cause any local emissions, thereby reducing pollution in congested areas. However, the energy production itself is also especially important. With the use of 100 percent renewable energy sources, almost climate-neutral vehicle operation becomes possible.*
*Source: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, bmu.de, 2020
The eEconic carries forth the successful concept of the Econic with its DirectVision cab.
The Econic focuses on the safety of all road users and creates an ergonomic working environment for driver and crew alike. With its battery-electric drive, the eEconic is the logical further development of the efficient and environmentally friendly city truck of today and tomorrow.
Thanks to the low-entry design, the driver sits lower in the eEconic than in conventional trucks – and thus at eye level with other road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. From the DirectVision cab with panoramic glazing and fully glazed folding door, the driver has a clear view of the road. Intelligent safety assistance systems also lend a hand in confusing city traffic.
What's more, the eEconic also offers great protection for vehicle occupants, as the vehicle has a dual protection system to ensure high-voltage safety. In addition to the automatic emergency shutoff mechanism required by law, the eEconic also has a manual emergency shutoff mechanism which, for example, interrupts the power supply in the event of a crash. Further details on the topic of high-voltage safety will be available here soon.
Get rapidly to where you need to be, even when things get tight. The eEconic impresses in city traffic with its high manoeuvrability and low vehicle height. And it scores additional points thanks to its bodybuilder-friendly design.
With the range offered by the batteries, the vast majority of waste collection routes can be covered with just a single charge. Plus, the drive system is characterised by a high degree of efficiency – which saves both energy and mone
The eEconic takes the strain off its crew during their strenuous working days. With a low entry and comfortable standing height in the cab, the eEconic brings all the advantages of the tried-and-tested Econic, plus the ergonomic cab even comes with a few additional new features. Find out more soon about how the eEconic will make your daily work easier in the future.
With its new e-drive, the eEconic produces only low noise emissions and is locally CO₂-neutral. Thanks to its purely battery-electric drive, the vehicle has a lower carbon footprint than a conventional truck.
With our integrated consulting approach, we would like to support you in the best possible way during the acquisition of your battery-electric truck. We will help you to calculate your total cost of ownership, advise you on any available subsidies and support you in setting up a charging infrastructure that is optimal for your requirements.
More information about the charging infrastructure of the eEconic will be available here shortly.
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Our Mercedes-Benz promise: we won't leave you on your own. Our electric ecosystem offers services from consulting to commissioning.
The switch to electrically powered trucks is about more than just a new drive system. We offer you comprehensive support right from the start – from advice on setting up the right charging infrastructure to maintenance. As the owner of an eEconic, you benefit from services such as connection to a digital fleet management system.
Before entering the world of eMobility, we provide you with intensive consultation. Our experts analyse the individual operational scenario and carry out a route analysis. A precise calculation of the total cost of ownership (TCO) is carried out for each customer and a comparison is drawn with other drive variants. We also support you in finding suitable funding.
A suitable charging infrastructure in your depot is the pre-requisite for a smooth start into electromobility. Together with selected partners, we advise you on choosing the right charging station for the respective application as well as the appropriate infrastructure for the location. Depending on the intended operations, we create individual charging scenarios and provide support with planning and applications. Even before you purchase your eEconic, you will benefit from competent advice on installing the infrastructure.
New technologies require new practical knowledge and know-how. To ensure that you know about all aspects of electromobility right from the start, we offer comprehensive training courses for drivers, fleet managers and workshop employees.
The eEconic is always in good hands at our numerous Mercedes-Benz service partners. Specially trained employees routinely carry out any upcoming maintenance tasks. Plus, our mobile service teams come directly to you in the event of an emergency. And with our digital service "MB Uptime", the planning of workshop visits is even more efficient.
The performance of batteries diminishes over the years. But for us, that doesn't mean they're ready for the scrap heap. We're working on solutions that allow old batteries to be reused in a meaningful way.
We network the eEconic with Mercedes-Benz Uptime and other Fleetboard services suited to eTrucks and charging management. This means that fleet managers can not only centrally manage all relevant vehicle data at any time, but also plan in service times and avert damage to the vehicle in advance thanks to intelligent analysis tools.
We ensure that the battery of the eEconic remains powerful and has a long range. This includes close monitoring of the battery's state of health (SoH). Based on this data, you always have an eye on the status of your battery.
A green fleet pays off – with the right financing, we put you on the right track from the outset. This includes the financing of the vehicle and the charging infrastructure as well as warranty and maintenance packages for greater planning security. We of course also advise you with regard to current subsidies which are available to facilitate the changeover to battery-electric drives.
By 2050, we at Daimler Trucks & Buses will have switched completely to CO₂-neutral transport solutions.
The idea of sustainable mobility electrifies us. That's because we want to join with our partners and customers to protect the environment. The challenges of our day and age can only be mastered if we all work together and consistently change the way we think.
Daimler Trucks & Buses is pursuing a sustainable business strategy and has set itself the ambitious aim to only offer new vehicles that are equipped with tank-to-wheel CO₂-neutral drive systems from 2039 in the European, Japanese and North American markets. Our ultimate goal is to achieve CO₂-neutral transportation on the roads by 2050.
The transport sector has an important role to play in reducing global CO₂ emissions. We take our responsibility seriously and act accordingly. To protect the climate and, at the same time, to maintain the mobility of people all over the world.
In developing emission-free drive solutions for the commercial vehicles of the future, we're thinking in various directions. The aim we've set ourselves: to only offer commercial vehicles that are emission-free in tank-to-wheel operation from 2039 in the regions of Europe, North America and Japan.
We will start series production of battery-electric trucks before the end of 2021, and in the second half of this decade Daimler Trucks & Buses plans to expand its vehicle range to include series-produced vehicles with hydrogen-based fuel-cell drive systems.
For us, sustainable solutions are characterised by the fact that they offer answers to all questions which arise – from the initial specification of requirements to bringing the vehicle into operation. And for us, electromobility is about more than just a new type of drive system.
To make the switch to electrically powered commercial vehicles as easy as possible, we are developing zero-emission trucks such as the eEconic in close co-operation with bodybuilders and customers. This is the only way to create efficient, tailor-made solutions that are optimally adapted to your needs.
Daimler Trucks has been gathering experience with electric trucks since 2010. Because we started development early, we can already present concrete solutions today. For example: the eActros, which has now been tested by customers in real operation in Europe for two years.
The advancement of global warming has dramatic consequences: violent storms, floods, forest fires and droughts are increasing in frequency – with existential consequences.
We have to take countermeasures. In December 2015, 150 countries therefore agreed to implement national climate protection targets at the international climate summit in Paris.
Their joint mission: limit the increase in the global average temperature to less than 2 °C. And this can only be achieved if emissions of harmful greenhouse gases are halved in each coming decade. We want to play our part in this.