Seven Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT models with a natural gas drive system and extensive safety features are set to take over waste collection and disposal duties in the city of Stuttgart, the regional capital of Baden-Württemberg. The official commissioning of the vehicles took place on 23 February at the AWS operations site in Burgholzstraße in Stuttgart-Münster. Peter Bauer, Head of Product Management Econic, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks unit, handed over the Econic NGT models to Dr Thomas Heß, CEO of the local authority-owned enterprise AWS Abfallwirtschaft Stuttgart, and Dirk Thürnau, Technical Mayor of the City of Stuttgart. The new vehicles have already proven their worth during trials that have been running in Stuttgart for the past six weeks.
“The purchase of the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT is of particular importance for Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The regional ties to Stuttgart play just as big as role as AWS’s long and intensive relationship with Mercedes-Benz products,” stated Dr Ralf Forcher, Head of Marketing, Sales and Services Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks. Since the market launch of the Econic in 1998, the regional capital has pursued an ongoing policy of purchasing Econic vehicles to replace its conventional waste disposal vehicles. Now the Econic NGT is joining AWS’s waste disposal fleet in Stuttgart for the first time.
“AWS is taking on the issue of fine dust emissions in Stuttgart,” stated AWS CEO Dr Thomas Heß. “And we are delighted that, when it comes to tackling the issue of exhaust gases and increasing safety in our extremely emission-laden city center, we have an outstanding partner in Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks.”
With their 3900 mm wheelbase, AWS Stuttgart’s new, full air suspension Econic NGT waste collection vehicles are extremely agile. This is an immensely important advantage when it comes to busy urban traffic in Stuttgart’s city center. They have a permissible GVW of 26 tons, which is identical to the diesel variant of the Econic. Moreover, for the first time the seven new Econic NGT models in Stuttgart feature the new Euro VI M 936 G natural gas engine with a displacement of 7.7 l and a powerful output of 222 kW (302 hp). The tank holds up to 600L of natural gas, allowing high ranges for daily waste collection operations.