Econ Engineering, has unveiled its latest innovation, the Electric Quick Change Body (E-QCB) system, which enables seamless switching between various fleet roles, allowing the truck to be operated year-round.
Mounted on a Volvo FE Electric 4x2 chassis, the E-QCB system offers multiple body options, including a gritter body, a tipper body for highways maintenance, and a cage tipper for refuse collection and recycling. Developed in-house by Econ, the E-QCB system utilises hydraulic rams, enabling the vehicle to transition between demountable bodies in 15 minutes, all controlled by a single operator.
The initial addition to the new “Econ Zero” range is a fully functional prototype built on a 19-tonne Volvo FE Electric 4x2 chassis. The development emerged from a close collaboration between Econ Engineering’s R&D team, product specialists from Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland, and supplying dealer Crossroads Truck & Bus.
“We’re excited to introduce the E-QCB to the market with Volvo,” said Jonathan Lupton, Managing Director at Econ Engineering. ”We have dedicated significant time to the development of the new E-QCB, incorporating extensive redesigns and trials to ensure that we can offer a fully electric solution for our customers that can be utilised 52 weeks a year.”
Equipped with four batteries, the FE Electric chassis offers a range of up to 250km and can be fully recharged in 2.3 hours using a 150kW DC charger.