Inverclyde Council has finalised moving its refuse collection vehicle fleet over to Mercedes-Benz Econics (pictured), bought via dealer Western Commercial.
All are 6x2 Econic 2630 models with high-torque straight-six engines that transmit their 220kW (299hp) outputs via standard-fit Allison automatic gearboxes. Eight have Faun compactor bodies and Terberg bin lifts, while the rest have Titan bodies and lifters by CP Davidson.
Jim Bradley, Inverclyde’s transport and waste collection team leader, said: “The vehicles proved extremely reliable and well-built, with highly competitive running costs. The Econic is also popular with our crews, who like the spacious, low-height and easy-to-access air-conditioned cab. It is their chassis of choice.”
The council also operates 10 Fuso Canter 7.5-tonners from Western Commercial. Nine are dedicated recycling vehicles assigned to kerbside collections of glass and food waste, while the 10th is a road sweeper.
Bradley added: “The superb visibility offered by the Econic’s deep, panoramic windscreen also helps to increase safety for others who use our streets.”