2 Econic Vehicles with Special Body Keep Roads Safe in Cardiff
Transport for Wales was looking for two special vehicles to assure traffic safety. The catalogue of requirements was extensive and very precise and the search ended with the procurement of a vehicle from Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks: the Econic. Two new special trucks from Mercedes-Benz were procured for use as so-called "impact protection vehicles". They are based on an 18-tonne Econic chassis which impresses thanks to its low entry. Acklea, a specialist in traffic management vehicles, equipped the vehicles with specially designed add-on parts made of galvanised steel and aluminium not to mention fitting an all-round LED signalling system and "Traffix Scorpion" damping elements crash cushions. The damping elements are designed to withstand the impact of vehicles travelling at speeds of up to 100 km/h. The curved design of the beams deflects a side impact away from the vehicle.
The fully-glazed folding door on the co-driver side allows drivers to make eye contact with cyclists and other road users at junctions and in unclear traffic situations. Direct visual contact is an extremely important safety feature for road users. The Econic vehicles are 1830 L models and they are both are equipped with a 220 kW (299 hp) 7.7-litre six-cylinder in-line engine and six-speed Allison automatic transmission in addition to air suspension.