Mercedes-Benz Econic powered by natural gas handed over to ALDI SÜD
Mönchengladbach/ Wörth
Dec 29, 2009
  • First natural gas powered Mercedes-Benz Econic for ALDI SÜD
  • Tailor-made configuration with low cab for food distribution operations and city logistics
  • Saving costs while protecting the environment: economy and ecology go hand-in-hand for the Mercedes-Benz Econic
  • Econic as a natural gas powered semitrailer tractor has received the "Blue Angel" environmental award
Mönchengladbach/ Wörth – The first Mercedes-Benz Econic with NGT (Natural Gas Technology) for food distribution operations has been handed over to the ALDI SÜD group of companies in Mönchengladbach. The vehicle is a semitrailer tractor with a high roof and a refrigerated semitrailer. To honour its environment­tal responsibilities in the areas of procurement and distribution, ALDI SÜD decided in favour of an environmentally friendly natural gas engine - this is now being put to the test with this vehicle.
City logistics and natural gas power for environmentally sensitive urban areas
ALDI SÜD uses the new Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT to supply its branches on the left bank of the Lower Rhine from the central warehouse in Mönchengladbach. Traffic-calming zones, narrow entrances, illegally parked cars, increasing environmental regulations and access restrictions – as well as enormous time pressure – mean that city logistics make heavy demands on both the driver and vehicle. A modern distribution vehicle must therefore meet high requirements with respect to load capacity, manoeuvrability, environmental compatibility and economy. Lower CO2 emissions versus comparable, diesel powered vehicles, CO2-neutral operation when biogas is used as a fuel, zero particulate emissions and a low noise level - all these are the ecological benefits of the Econic NGT. Power is transferred by a six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle meets the stringent EEV emission standard (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle), and is therefore entitled to bear the "Blue Angel" environmental emblem.
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