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April 29, 2013 in CNG, Fleet Order, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Texas Trials of CNG-Fueled Mercedes Econic NGT Offering Different Engine Option

Waste Management is quietly evaluating Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT refuse trucks in Texas, with two vehicles in hand and a third expected soon. The compressed natural gas vehicles are attractive for their driver amenities and maneuverability – and because their introduction to the U.S. market would bring operators a new choice of engine, says Waste Management fleet supply chain director John Lemmons.

Waste Management quietly showed the dedicated-CNG Mercedes Econic NGT refuse truck at Waste Expo last year.

Waste Management quietly showed the dedicated-CNG Mercedes Econic NGT refuse truck at Waste Expo in Las Vegas last year.

The low-step Econic NGT boasts excellent driver ergonomics and visibility and, with rear-wheel active steering, a turn radius capability Lemmons describes as “extraordinary.”

The trucks are powered by the 6.9-liter, dedicated-CNG Mercedes M 906. “It’s a dedicated-natural gas engine,” Lemmons says. “It is not Cummins Westport.

‘We’d Like to Have a Competitive Engine’

“We don’t have anything against Cummins Westport,” he says. “But it’s the only game in town.

The low-step Econic NGT tractor by Mercedes-Benz offers excellent driver ergonomics and visibility.

The low-step Econic NGT tractor by Mercedes-Benz offers excellent driver ergonomics and visibility.

“We’d like to have a competitive engine,” Lemmons told F&F.

The Mercedes powerplant offers about 300 horsepower and 900 foot-pounds torque. The trucks have a U.S.-made Allison 3000 transmission.

Waste Management, which has upwards of 1,600 natural gas vehicles in operation, is testing the Econic NGT trucks under a three-year U.S. EPA waiver.


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Source: Fleets & Fuels interview

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