Daimler Truck begins production of the Mercedes-Benz eEconic series for municipal applications. This truck from the Special Trucks branch is the second Mercedes-Benz battery-electric truck to be produced in series from the Wörth plant after the eActros.
The Econic uses the same architecture as the eActros. It is manufactured on the production line of the Special Truck branch and electrified at the Future Truck Center. More than 2,700 employees at the Wörth site are already trained to work on high-voltage vehicles and to assemble electrical components.
The first production Econic will be delivered to Urbaser A/S, a Danish company operating in the waste disposal sector. Delivery of other vehicles is expected in the following weeks.
Dr. Ralf Forcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks said: “From the sketch to the finished vehicle, from the prototype to the production truck, the time has come: with the eEconic, we are introducing the first electric Benz produced by the Mercedes-Series. from the range of Special Trucks. Exchange with our customers has shown: towns and cities want CO2 neutral vehicles for their fleets. Big cities in particular need quiet, clean and safe equipment and waste disposal solutions. And we have the perfect truck for that. »
Series production of electric trucks at the Future Truck Center
The Econic will be developed on the existing Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks line, in parallel with the convenience of trucks that will have internal combustion engines. After the vehicle is largely assembled, the Econic’s electrification continues at the Future Truck Center, where – like the eActros – the electric drive components are installed. In several stages of production, among other things, high-voltage batteries and a charging unit are installed. Once all the high voltage components have been assembled, the entire system can be commissioned and the truck is ready to roll.
As part of the transition towards CO2-neutral transport, the Wörth site has set itself the goal, among other things, of continuing to develop its workforce for the production of trucks with new drive systems. It is also about ensuring that the staff working on high-performance electric vehicles such as the eEconic receive specific training and development. Since 2018, employees at the Wörth site have been qualified for the production of electric trucks. To date, approximately 2,700 workers have been trained to handle high-voltage vehicles and components at a dedicated training center. So they have gained valuable knowledge and are fully prepared for new production requirements.
Municipal application for all electricity
The main technical features of the eEconic are largely identical to those of the eActros. As a waste collection vehicle, the eEconic is intended to cover a large number of standard Econic collection routes operated in one shift, without recharging in between. The electric drive way allows a flat floor of the cabin, making it easy to enter the cabin, a particular advantage when the driver wants to leave from the side away from traffic through the folding door on the passenger side. The modern and intuitive multimedia cockpit is also a big improvement over the regular Econic.
Another feature of the equipment is panoramic glazing. In addition, the heated windshield is anti-fog in certain weather conditions, which improves outward visibility. In addition, the windshield equipped with such devices reduces the temperature of the passenger compartment due to solar radiation. The main advantage when it comes to safety in city traffic: the eEconic is fitted as standard with the turn assist system (option code S1R) and the fifth generation Active Assist emergency brake system.
(with information from Daimler Truck)