Five Mercedes eEconic electric trucks for waste collection, introduced last year at the IFAT trade show, have been purchased by Urbaser A/S, a company active in the waste disposal sector in Denmark. The trucks will be used in the second largest city in the country, Aarhus. Already 20 eEconic are currently in use at Urbaser A/S in Denmark, also in primary cities such as Copenhagen, the capital, and Vejle.
In the coming moths, about fifty more electric trucks are expected to be delivered to Urbaser A/S. “Our first experiences with the eEconic have been really good. The range is also more than adequate for long runs of over 100 km, around eight operating hours and the emptying of up to 500 containers. The decisive factor in our company’s decision to go with the eEconic was the combination of the familiar low-entry concept, the high level of safety and the long range”, commented Stefan Olin, CEO at Urbaser A/S.
Mercedes eEconic, the right choice for sustainable municipalities
Franziska Cusumano, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks & Custom Tailored Trucks, added: “Our eEconic for municipal tasks is being used in more and more cities as a locally CO2-neutral alternative in waste disposal. We are very pleased that Urbaser A/S, as a valuable customer in this field of application from the very beginning, is completely satisfied with the battery-electric refuse collection vehicle.”
As for the eEconic, the low-floor truck with a permissible gross mass of 27 tons and an e-axle with integrated drive unit as well as two electric motors is based on the eActros for heavy-duty distribution haulage. The eEconic batteries consist of three battery packs, each with an installed capacity of 112 kWh and a usable capacity of around 97 kWh.
The truck can be charged with up to 160 kW: The three battery packs of the eEconic require just over an hour to charge from 20 to 80 percent at a standard DC rapid charging station delivering a 400 A charging current.