Daimler is making a name for itself in the clean big rig business.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Dec. 30, 2009
Mercedes-Benz first Econic with NGT to move ALDI products.
The first Mercedes-Benz Econic with NGT (Natural Gas Technology) has been handed over to the German ALDI SÜD group. The vehicle is a tractor with a high roof and a refrigerated semitrailer. To honor its environmental responsibilities in the areas of procurement and distribution, ALDI SÜD decided to purchase its transport vehicles with an environmentally friendly natural gas engine. The NGT is now being put to the test within this vehicle.
Natural gas power for urban areas
ALDI SÜD uses the new Mercedes-Benz Econic NGT to supply its branches on the left bank of the Lower Rhine from the central warehouse in Mönchengladbach. Traffic-calming zones, narrow entrances, illegally parked cars, increasing environmental regulations and access restrictions – as well as enormous time pressure – mean that city driving places heavy demands on both the driver and vehicle. A modern distribution vehicle must meet high standards with respect to load capacity, maneuverability, environmental compatibility and economy. Lower CO2 emissions versus comparable, diesel powered vehicles, CO2-neutral operation when biogas is used as a fuel, zero particulate emissions and a low noise level - all these are the ecological benefits of the Econic NGT. Power is transferred by a six-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle meets the stringent EEV emission standard (Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle), and is therefore entitled to bear the "Blue Angel" environmental emblem.