Mercedes-Benz Trucks showcases sustainable municipal mobility solutions at IFAT 2022 in Munich
Whether for waste disposal, snow clearing, street cleaning, grass cutting or just on the building site, municipal vehicles are used in a wide variety of ways. From May 30 to June 3, 2022, the company will be giving global decision-makers, procurers and users detailed insights into its vehicle range and customer-oriented mobility concepts at Stand 341/343 in Hall C6, as well as outdoors. As Dr Ralf Forcher, Head of Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, says, “We are facing the challenge of reconciling safe mobility, the environment and quality of life in an urban context. Early-morning commuter traffic, turning into narrow, double-parked residential streets, quickly emptying bins and containers: waste disposal is an important part of the modern circular economy. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is heralding a new era in this series in the form of the eEconic, which is being showcased for the first time at a trade fair at this year’s IFAT and is due to enter series production in the second half of 2022. The batteries of the eEconic series-production model 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: three battery packs require just over an hour to charge from 20 to 80 percent at a standard DC fast charging station with 400 A charging current. Proven features of the conventional Econic which have found particular favor among customers have also been transferred to the eEconic. The eEconic’s low position allows for joint-friendly, one-step access to the spacious cab, which offers space for a crew of up to four people. At IFAT, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will be showcasing the eEconic with a waste collection body from Zöller: the Medium X4 22.
Like the Econic, the Actros from Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also been one of the most popular commercial vehicles in the municipal sector for many years thanks to its flexible body options. For this purpose and as part of a pilot project, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has set up the eWorX all-in-one solution developed by ZF together with a PALFINGER skiploader in an eActros. This year’s Mercedes-Benz Trucks stand at IFAT will feature this all-in-one solution in the form of an eActros 300 with the PS T 18 skiploader from PALFINGER. The traction battery of the eActros provides the ZF eWorX system with electrical energy over a DC interface. Together, ZF, PALFINGER and Mercedes-Benz Trucks created various test and demonstration vehicles to gain a holistic understanding of the system across a wide range of different applications and to create a standardised approach to the communication between vehicle and body. Mercedes-Benz Trucks relies on the ePowertrain for the eActros in the form of an electric rigid axle with two integrated electric motors and a two-speed transmission. The standard safety equipment includes the external Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System in accordance with legal requirements, the fifth generation of Active Brake Assist with pedestrian detection and the S1R Sideguard Assistant. In order to maximize the use of the eActros and eEconic, to integrate electric trucks into an operator’s daily routine in the best possible way, save time and effort, and to make the switch to e-mobility as easy as possible, Mercedes-Benz Trucks provides its customers with a whole range of digital solutions from the Fleetboard Portal. The Mercedes-Benz Complete service contract is also available for the eActros and eEconic to ensure optimum vehicle deployment. Irrespective of the drive technology, every investment in a commercial vehicle needs to pay off in the everyday activities of transportation companies.
For example, our eConsulting teams use existing driving routes to determine usage profiles for electric trucks that are as realistic and meaningful as possible for a particular customer. At IFAT, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will be showcasing battery-electric trucks and vehicles with conventional diesel drives, such as the Unimog, a model that is in demand in the municipal sector. Another highlight of the Unimog implement carrier is the EasyDrive system. In the Unimog, the fully-synchronized electropneumatic manual transmission converts the power of the low-maintenance, economical, smooth-running and high-torque Euro VI engines to propulsive force. As a representative of the especially compact 200 model series, Mercedes-Benz Trucks will be showcasing the Unimog U 219 at this year’s IFAT. The Unimog U 219 also has other special features, such as VarioPilot dual-mode steering – one of the Unimog’s USPs. For the attachments shown: Buchner’s Yeti L series is a spreader that precisely spreads saltwater up to a width of eight metres with a spreading plate. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is also exhibiting two more Unimogs in this year’s IFAT outdoor area: The Unimog U 530 with Dammann brine sprayer and the Unimog U 323 with a Fischbacher (“Kranimog”) quick-change loading crane attached to the rear. The “Unimog Partner Portal” shows how well the Unimog can be incorporated by various attachment and implement suppliers. Nominal capacity of new battery, based on internally defined boundary conditions, may vary depending on use case and ambient conditions.
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