Professor Ernst Pucher, who lectures at the Vienna University of Technology and enjoys an international reputation in the field of hybrid and CNG drives (natural gas) in particular, decided to tackle the issue and together with Magna Steyr drew up a concept for future own-account transport, which is now being officially initiated.
For this, a Mercedes-Benz Econic semitrailer tractor vehicle with natural gas drive took part in test operations for over a year, which has now been successfully concluded. As such, the Mercedes-Benz Econic is entering into new areas of operation in Graz.
The M906 LAG engine produces 205 kW (279 hp) from a displacement of 6.9 litres. The emissions produced by the Econic with natural gas drive do not contain any fine dust or particles. In addition, the gas drive also boasts low noise emissions. The noise level of a petrol engine is usually around 77 dBA, while that of a diesel engine is between 85 and 97 dBA. The noise emissions of the Mercedes-Benz Econic with natural gas drive were around 77 dBA. Thanks to additional noise-insulating measures, the engineers at the Daimler plant in Wörth have now succeeded in achieving a further significant reduction down to 72 dBA.