Market traders and shoppers in the south-east London borough of Lewisham are benefiting from the introduction of a second Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse vehicle with Geesinknorba plug-in electric body.
The market is situated in the heart of the community and operates six days a week. The Econic is being used to compact and remove waste that would otherwise accumulate around traders’ stalls each day.
The truck, which is based on an 18-tonne chassis supplied by dealer Marshall Truck & Van, is the subject of a contract hire agreement with NRG Fleet Services, an established supplier to Lewisham Council.
Noel Everest, the council’s group manager for passenger and fleet services, said: “The Econic is superbly reliable. Its safety credentials, and the likelihood that it will get a five-star rating under the mayor of London’s Direct Vision Standard proposals, add to its appeal.”
Lewisham’s 4x2 Econic 1830 is powered by an advanced 220kW (299hp) engine.
Everest said: “We ruled out trucks with engine-driven bodies because they have to tick over all day to power the compactor, with resulting increases in local emissions.
“The plug-in body is an ideal solution because it means the vehicle effectively acts as a mobile compactor skip. When it is full – usually by lunchtime – the driver can leave the market with relative ease to tip.
”The Econic then returns and remains on-site, typically until 7.30pm, at which point it comes back to the depot for the body to be recharged overnight.”