Athens chooses the ecofriendly Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT
Stuttgart/Athens
Jul 24, 2009
  • The city of Athens is buying 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic vehicles featuring innovative, ecofriendly natural gas technology for use in refuse collection
  • This underlines the Greek capital’s commitment to social responsibility and protection of the environment
  • The ecofriendly gas drive system performs outstandingly well on emissions, producing up to 90 percent fewer particulate emissions and up to 100 percent less CO2 than an advanced diesel vehicle, for example – thereby making a substantial contribution to improving air quality
Stuttgart/Athens – The Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT – the ecofriendly special-purpose vehicle for municipal services, collection operations and distribution – keeps city centres cleaner and more pleasant thanks to its low-emission drive system. Recently, the city of Athens decided to deploy the Econic featuring a gas drive system. The Greek capital has ordered 108 new vehicles for urban waste disposal.
In addition to exemplary particulate emission levels, including a reduction of up to 90 percent in soot and particulate matter, the Econic NGT scores highly on its carbon footprint, delivering a 25 percent reduction when run on fossil natural gas and a 100 percent saving with regenerative biogas. Smog-forming pollutants such as NOx are also significantly lower. The Econic with gas drive system therefore fulfils the stringent EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) emission standard, which is much stricter than the current Euro 5 emission standard.
The Econic with gas drive system is also pioneering when it comes to noise emissions. Due to its high octane rating, combustion of natural gas is much quieter than petrol or diesel. As a result, these vehicles are quieter than conventional petrol or diesel vehicles. The natural-gas Econic systematically helps attain en­viron­mental targets
Special-purpose vehicle for municipal use
As a special-purpose vehicle designed for specific applications such as municipal services, collection and distribution, the Mercedes-Benz Econic offers a range of characteristics unlike any conventional truck. It is suitable for waste disposal as well as for use as a firefighting vehicle, tanker or transport vehicle in the distribution sector. Benefits include low access through a wide-opening, fully glazed folding passenger door and a level cab floor based on a low-floor concept. There is also space for up to three passengers.
The lightweight aluminium space cage cab with a low-reaching windscreen provides excellent frontward and all-round visibility coupled with ample headroom for the driver and passengers alike to facilitate entry and exit. The Mercedes-Benz Econic is exemplary in terms of environmental technology, ergonomics, handling and comfort alike.
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