German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz announced today that a trial for its latest eco-service truck, Mercedes-Benz Econic powered by Natural Gas Technology would begin in Singapore. The trucks will first be tested by Sembcorp Industries, Singapore's largest waste management firm in Singapore and aims to determine the benefits of the trucks, like cost-effectiveness and customer satisfaction.
The trucks delivered to Sembcorp are powered by a choice of two engines: an in-line six-cylinder diesel unit and the other offers an option of natural gas-fueled engine. The natural gas prototype, outfitted with M 906 LAG, features a 6.91 unit that develops 279 hp. The diesel-based vehicles use the latest BlueTec diesel technology, which optimizes combustion and reduces both exhaust emissions and fuel consumption.
The Econic is available with the OM 906 LA with an output of either 175 kW (238 hp) or 210 kW (286 hp), and the OM 926 LA developing 240 kW (326 hp). Additionally all of the diesel engines can handle biodiesel without any prior conversion.
"We are proud of this further opportunity to contribute to Singapore's green urban development," Wolfgang Huppenbauer, Daimler South East Asia CEO said in a statement.
The Econic was originally designed as a waste disposal vehicle in 1998 and has become an entire line of high -efficiency waste collection trucks designed to cut down on carbon footprint and expenditures. Since the inception of the vehicle line, 12,000 units have been sold, nearly 10 percent of them operated on natural gas (Econic is available with this feature since 2002).
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