Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its battery electric eEconic will be on display alongside the eActros a part of its zero emission focus at this year’s Brisbane Truck Show starting on May 18, .
Daimler Truck says that the Econic, which is primarily targeted at the waste collection sector was designed from the ground-up to work in densely-populated areas with its cab designed specifically for better visibility, as well as practicality and active safety features.
The company says that the new electric eEconic version will now also be known for its near-silent powertrain and zero local emissions.
The eEconic on show in Brisbane has been shipped to Australia especially for the truck expo but will also be part of a validation trial that will take place in Australia and New Zealand following the truck show.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks Australia Pacific director, Andrew Assimo, said he is looking forward to presenting the eEconic in Brisbane.
“We can’t wait to present the eEconic, a clean, quiet and safe electric truck that is perfectly suited to operating in high density areas,” he said.
“There is a lot of anticipation about our fully-electric eEconic and eActros and we are excited to be able to have them on our stand in Brisbane before they get to work as part of our validation trial,” Assimo added.
Production of the eEconic began last year at the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Wørth factory in Germany.
The eEconic uses much the same electric drivetrain as the eActros and Daimler says it has been designed to cover the vast majority of typical waste collection routes normally handled by a diesel Econic in a single shift without the need for intermediary charging.
Daimler says the electric drivetrain enables a level cab floor to be used, allowing easy movement through the cab, which it says is particularly advantageous when the driver wishes to leave the vehicle through the folding door on the co-driver’s side, out of the way of traffic.
Daimler Truck rightly claims extensive experience with electric commercial vehicles and was also the first manufacturer with an all-electric truck when the Fuso eCanter was launched in Australia in 2021.
The company claims the introduction of eEconic production represented another milestone on Daimler Truck’s path to CO2-neutral transport, which is says is in order to contribute to the decarbonisation of the commercial vehicle industry, the company is pursuing the goal of putting CO2-neutral transport on the roads by 2050.
The group also says it aims to sell only CO2-neutral vehicles in its biggest sales regions of North America, Europe and Japan from 2039 forward.