EIS Waste gears up with fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz Econics


Aberdeen-based EIS Waste Services is looking forward to improved economy after commissioning Scotland’s first Mercedes-Benz Econics to be fitted with the manufacturer’s own, automated gearbox.
Both 26-tonne Econic 2630 models, they were supplied by recently-launched local Dealer BLS Truck & Van, and feature advanced 7.7-litre, 220 kW (299 hp) straight-six engines which drive through smooth, 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 transmissions.
They are fitted with compactor bodies built by Farid Hillend Engineering, of Dunfermline, and wear eye-catching liveries that underline the operator’s commitment to its home town. 
In addition to the Econics EIS Waste Services has just commissioned three 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Arocs with Hyva skip-loading equipment. Two are 200 kW (272 hp) 1827 models, while the third, because it also pulls a drawbar trailer, is a more powerful 1836 variant with 265 kW (360 hp) straight-six. Completing the latest order is a 12-tonne Atego 1223, which has a 170 kW (231 hp) engine and is also fitted with Hyva gear.
EIS Waste Services runs a fleet of 34 trucks in which Mercedes-Benz is the predominant marque –almost half of its vehicles wear three-pointed stars. The line-up includes four other Econics with Allison transmissions. Like their predecessors the two new versions are fitted with Vehicle Weighing Solutions (VWS) dynamic bin weighing equipment, as well as Brigade Electronics’ Backeye®360 bird’s-eye view recordable cameras and ultrasonic Sidescan systems.
Neil Sharp observed: “Visibility from the Econic cab is exceptional and the fact that drivers sit at the same level makes it a lot easier for them to see cyclists and pedestrians. The vehicle’s enhanced safety credentials are obvious, and particularly applicable when we’re operating in the busy city centre.
“However, we serve customers within a 60-mile radius of Aberdeen. This entails covering relatively long distances, compared to a domestic refuse collection vehicle, and means the well-proven Mercedes PowerShift transmission is more appropriate to our operation. Early indications suggest that these trucks are already delivering the significantly improved economy we’d hoped for.”
“We’re constantly looking at ways to increase efficiency and thereby improve our emissions profile,” explained Neil Sharp. “EIS Waste Services has been operating Mercedes-Benz trucks for many years, and this experience has proved them to be exceptionally reliable and cost-effective to operate.”
The company’s vehicles are inspected and maintained under Mercedes-Benz Complete Service Contracts. “Timely, customer-focused back-up is crucial, as we cannot afford unplanned downtime,” continued Mr Sharp. “Although BLS Truck & Van is a new name, we know several key members of the Dealer’s team well, and I have every confidence in their commitment and ability to provide the support we need.”