J&B Recycling, a waste management specialist based in Hartlepool, recently added three Mercedes-Benz Econic 2630L trucks to its 21-vehicle fleet and has two more on the way in May, all with the same specification. It’s the first time J&B has purchased trucks from the German marque.
The Econics feature 7.7.-litre, 295-horsepower (220-kilowatt) engines, Allison six-speed automatic transmissions, and rear-steer axles. They also have Dennis Eagle refuse bodies and Terberg Matec UK trade lifts and onboard weighing systems. The 26-tonners (28.7 U.S. tons) will help J&B handle a portion of the more than 200,000 tonnes of waste the company processes annually.
Safety At The Forefront
The Econic has a range of optional and standard safety features that make it well-suited for urban applications such as refuse collection and recycling. Examples include an electronic parking brake that engages automatically when the vehicle isn’t running; rearguard assist that notifies the driver of a potential collision while in reverse and can also apply emergency braking; and a blind-spot camera system consisting of several cameras and a monitor for enhanced visibility.
Another is Active Brake Assist 5 with emergency braking. The system uses sensors to analyse the road ahead and spot other vehicles as well as stationary objects while the vehicle is traveling at 90 km/h (56 mph) and below. It first sends visual and audio alerts followed by 50% capacity braking. However, if the driver doesn’t respond, the system can bring the vehicle to a complete stop. When traveling at 50 km/h (31 mph) and below, the system can also automatically stop the truck if a pedestrian is detected.
“An Unrivaled Reputation”
“This investment in Mercedes-Benz vehicles will put us in a strong position when lockdown eases and business waste starts to increase, especially in the hospitality sector,” says J&B Operations Director Matt Tyrie. “J&B Recycling is committed to investing in the latest technology. We have chosen the Econic because we believe it to be the market’s finest refuse vehicle chassis, one that enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability. The very high safety specification of these new trucks means they align perfectly with our policy commitments, and their spacious, air-conditioned cabs also provide our staff with an extremely comfortable working environment.”
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