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Mercedes Econic is a winner for Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council stuck to a tried and tested formula for its latest refuse collection trucks - the Mercedes Econics.

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council stuck its tried and tested formula when commissioning its latest refuse collection trucks, a pair of Mercedes Econics.

The 26-tonne chassis arrived with the West Midlands authority via the Coventry branch of dealer Midlands Truck & Van.

The Econic 2630 L variants are powered by 7.7-litre ‘straight-six’ engines that produce 299 hp. 

The power is delivered using six-speed Allison automatic transmissions, while steered rear axles enhance manoeuvrability.

‘6×2 rear-steer Econic with Faun Zoeller bodywork’

The council’s head of waste and transport, Glen McGrandle, said: “The 6×2 rear-steer Econic with Faun Zoeller bodywork is now firmly established as our preferred configuration. 

“The chassis offers excellent build quality and reliability, cost-effective performance, a high level of safety, and comfort and ease of use for our crews.”

He added: “Operatives appreciate the ease of access, while the cab is spacious, airy and well laid out. 

“The low seating position and deep, panoramic windscreen provides drivers with a great view and makes it much easier for them to keep a close eye on colleagues working around the vehicle as well as other vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

“Our area has a lot of narrow terraced streets, and the rear-steer set-up means these trucks are also very nimble for their size.”

Mercedes Econics have been fitted with Faun Variopress compactor bodies

The new Mercedes Econics have been fitted with Faun Variopress compactor bodies and Zoeller Delta high-level automatic split bin lifts.

They now join a Mercedes-dominated fleet of 16 refuse collection vehicles.

The authority serves 57,000 households, from which it collects recyclable material, general waste and garden cuttings in wheeled bins.

As with all new Econics supplied through the official Mercedes Trucks dealer network, Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council’s new vehicles are backed by a comprehensive three-year/160,000km manufacturer’s warranty and came with an impressive arsenal of standard safety equipment.

Econic trucks are fitted with Active Brake Assist 5 

The Econic trucks are fitted with Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking aid which combines camera and radar technology to detect vehicles ahead and stationary objects in its own lane at speeds of up to 56mph.

Detection of a dangerous situation triggers a three-stage reaction including a driver warning, before applying the brakes – and applying maximum braking power should the driver still not react.

Mr McGrandle said: “These new trucks were part of our rolling replacement programme and have slotted seamlessly into our bin collection operation. 

“Experience has proved that the Econic is extremely well engineered and can be trusted to provide many years of dependable service.”

He added: “The HGV fleet is maintained primarily by our transport partner Coventry City Council, supported by NBBC’s internal transport team and by regular parts deliveries from Midlands Truck & Van, and if expert warranty or technical advice is ever needed, we know it’s only a phone call away.”

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