Tokyo Fire Department receives its very first Econic.
Japan, Land of the Rising Sun – and of cutting-edge technologies. A fact that speaks for itself: even in the world's fourth-largest export nation, they rely on vehicles made in Germany. In Japan's capital, an Econic is now also part of Tokyo Fire Department's vehicle fleet. It is also the first Econic to be delivered to Japan.
Ordered for the world's biggest sporting event.
Originally, the Econic 1835 L was ordered for fire brigade use in the Olympic Village during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Local structural conditions require a vehicle with a height of less than 3.20 m. Even though bodybuilder Rosenbauer has constructed the Econic's cab for an added interior height of 20 cm compared to the standard low cabin, the vehicle's total height of 3.14 m including its turntable ladder allows it to easily pass below the many underpasses leading to the Olympic village.
But even though its deployment at the Olympics has been postponed by a year due to worldwide measures to control the pandemic, the truck is by no means confined to the depot. Because it's simply made for deployment in the busy city of Tokyo, which has a higher population density than New York City. "Usually, comparable Japanese ladder vehicles are equipped with three axles. The Econic 4x2 is more compact and therefore much easier to steer through a crowded cosmopolitan city like Tokyo," says Hajime Matsui, Sales Manager at Y-Engineering Company Ltd., which sells Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks on the Japanese market.
The cab's low total height makes the Econic an ideal basis
for turntable ladder bodies.
Hajime Matsui, Sales Manager, Y-Engineering Company Ltd