Select Country

London-Based Infrastructure Specialist Amey Orders 15 Mercedes-Benz Econic & Arocs Trucks

Amey recently ordered 15 Mercedes-Benz trucks, including 12 1827L Econics like the four pictured above, two Arocs 1824 tipper trucks, and one Arocs 2630 gritter. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.)

Amey, an infrastructure, consulting, utilities, and waste treatment specialist based in London, recently ordered 15 Mercedes-Benz trucks, including 12 Econics, to add to its 500-vehicle fleet. Amey will put 14 of the trucks on repair and maintenance duty as part of a £325 million Area 10 Highways England maintenance and response contract covering 500 kilometres of roadways in and around Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, and South Lancashire. Also part of the order are one Econic and one Arocs 2630 gritter that will go to work in Scotland as well as two Arocs 1824 tipper trucks destined for the East Midlands.

Amey has operated Econics since 2009 and its newest dozen are all 1827L 18-tonners with 272-horsepower (200-kilowatt), 7.7-litre engines and PowerShift 3 automated manual gearboxes. Of the first four trucks delivered, two are traffic management vehicles outfitted by Acklea of Calne, Wiltshire, and two are barrier rigs featuring cone wells and cranes outfitted by Palfinger UK in Devizes.

All 12 of Amey’s recently ordered Econics feature 7.7-litre, 272-horsepower engines and PowerShfit 3 automated manual transmissions. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.)

Safety Is Key

One big reason Amey continues to return to the Econic, and the Mercedes-Benz marque as a whole, is their comprehensive range of safety features. One example is Active Brake Assist 4, an emergency braking system that detects vehicles and pedestrians and can automatically stop the vehicle if necessary. The Econic is also a low-entry vehicle with flat floors, making it easier for operators to enter and move around the cab, which is ideal for multi-stop deliveries, refuse collection, and more. Other features include a panoramic windscreen and a low seating position; Amey also chose to add more cameras to give their drivers 360 degrees of visibility.

“Our experience over more than a decade confirms that the Econic is simply the best vehicle for this job,” says Jason Clement, supply chain manager at Amey. “Like all Mercedes-Benz trucks, it’s well-built, reliable, and cost-effective to operate. Just as importantly, the Econic leads the field in terms of safety, and is very popular with our crews. The opinions of frontline colleagues are key to Amey’s vehicle procurement strategy, and the low-entry Mercedes-Benz scores particularly highly in terms of cab space and comfort.”

The barrier rigs added to Amey’s fleet feature Palfinger cranes and cone wells. (Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz.)

More Mercedes-Benz Econic Details

The versatile Econic platform is highly configurable, with four axle variants ranging from 18 to 32 t in gross weight. It comes in low and high cab versions with wheelbases of 3,450 to 5,700 millimetres. Either the leading or the trailing axles can be steerable. Each axle has a full air suspension that is adjustable for height.

Mercedes-Benz outfits the Econic line with 7.7-litre, inline six-cylinder engines. Diesel-burning models range from 272 to 354 hp (260 kW). An alternative that runs on natural gas or biogas produces 302 hp (225 kW) and comes with a low 80 dB(A) noise rating. Besides the Allison automatic mentioned above, Mercedes also offers the Econic with a semi-automated PowerShift transmission with 12 forward and four reverse gears.

Find The Right Mercedes-Benz Truck

Truck Locator has hundreds of new and used Mercedes-Benz trucks for sale, including a number of Econic and Arocs models.

  Blog Archive
Glenfiddich & IVECO Partner To Decarbonise Transport Operations
The “Fuelled by Glenfiddich” initiative will use natural gas-powered Stralis trucks fuelled by waste products from the distillery. ...
Read More
Leyland Trucks’ Battery-Powered DAF LF Electric Trucks Participating In Government Trial
The project is part of the UK Government’s £20 million road freight trials for zero-emission vehicles in support of Department for Transport carbon reduction goals and delivered using the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). ...
Read More
Coventry Scaffolding Buys Its First Mercedes-Benz Truck, Quickly Orders A Second
The 70-year-old firm recently purchased a 26-tonne Arocs 2530L with MirrorCam technology to comply with London’s Direct Vision Scheme (DVS), as most of its work takes place in the city. ...
Read More
East Midlands’ JC Balls & Sons Specifies MirrorCam Feature In Its New Mercedes-Benz Arocs Truck
MirrorCam eliminates a truck’s side mirrors and replaces them with a system of cameras, which feed live video to 15-inch displays mounted in the cab on the two A-pillars. ...
Read More
Maritime Transport Wraps Up Acquisition Of 100 New Mercedes-Benz Actros Trucks
The firm’s recent order represents its first new trucks to bear the three-pointed star since 2017. ...
Read More
MAN Truck & Bus At Work On The ANITA Project’s Self-Driving Vehicles For Hub-To-Hub Logistics Routes
After the development and implementation phase, the software and an autonomous MAN truck—with a safety driver on board—will begin testing in real-world operations in Ulm. ...
Read More
Scania Partnering To Test Feasibility Of Long-Haul Electrified Trucks Powered By Overhead Wires
The electric road system is seen as one of the most technically viable and economically attractive options for the electrification of heavy-duty trucks because it uses known and available technologies in new ways. ...
Read More
Waste Management Specialist Receives Two High-Spec Mercedes-Benz Trucks
Select Environmental Services has purchased trucks from other manufacturers in the past, but chose dealer City West Commercials because they “tick every box” on every order, the firm says. ...
Read More
Isuzu 3.5-Tonne Grafter Wins 9th Consecutive Best Builders’ Truck Award
Trade Van Driver’s annual awards are judged by the magazine’s expert panel of journalists and readers who use light commercial vehicles. ...
Read More
Low Cab Entry Drives Highway Maintenance Specialist’s Acquisition Of Volvo FE Tippers
Ringway of West Sussex has added three 26-tonne Volvo FE 6x2 rigid tipper trucks to its UK-wide fleet. ...
Read More