The first Euro VI Mercedes- Benz Econic refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to join the London Borough of Redbridge fleet are outperforming expectations in terms of reliability and fuel-efficiency.
All 16 RCVs are Econic 2630 rear-steer models with dual-compartment Heil-Farid compactor bodies. They can be used to collect two types of recyclable waste – glass, paper, plastic and metal, for example – to secure operational savings.
The trucks are supplied by dealer S&B Commercials and operated on the council’s behalf by its waste services partner Amey. They are powered by advanced 7.7-litre, six-cylinder engines that produce 220kW (299hp) and drive through six-speed Allison automatic gearboxes.
Council fleet engineer Eddie Cross commented: “We’ve typically gone out to tender for 10 RCVs a year and the Econic always scores well in evaluations. This is true in terms of capital purchase price and projected wholelife running costs, which have proved to be accurate.”