The design is innovative, the build is uncompromising and the technology leaves everything else behind. The Freightliner EconicSD™ is a truck built for one purpose—to redefine the refuse category.

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Designed for Refuse

The EconicSD was designed to maximize productivity by ensuring safety and comfort. It has a panoramic windshield and low seating position to enhance driver visibility and is the first and only refuse truck in North America to offer Detroit Assurance® Suite of Safety Systems.

With its unique combination of ergonomics, versatility and technology, the EconicSD™ performs like no other commercial vehicle, delivering exceptional productivity day in and day out.



A Purpose-Built Refuse Truck

Take productivity to the next level. The EconicSD features a spacious, comfortable cabover interior with a modern, digital instrument cluster. 

This refuse truck makes navigating through urban areas safer and less stressful with a short wheelbase and low cab design for enhanced stability.


Comfort That Keeps Operators Focused

The EconicSD is packed with practical features to help you get the job done, day in and day out. Features include:

  • Intuitive digital instrument cluster that displays key information on LCD screen.
  • Ergonomic steering wheel controls allowing drivers to cycle through key information.
  • Spacious and modern cab enabling through-cab access.
  • Suspended driver’s seat with multi-axis adjustment.

Turns on a Dime

Getting in and out of tight spots in urban and residential areas is essential for waste collection vehicles. That’s why the EconicSD is built with these features: 

  • Set-back axle with up to 46-degree wheel cut enabling superior performance in tight spaces.
  • Front axle and suspension up to 20k capacity. 
  • Short wheelbase to ensure superior maneuverability.


Next-Level Safety

From the inside out, this vehicle was designed to bring innovative safety to waste collection. Detroit Assurance® Suite of Safety Systems comes standard on this truck, making the EconicSD the only COE refuse truck in North America that features a collision mitigation system. The panoramic visibility, LED headlights, and low step-in height add more features to help make waste collection routes safer.  The EconicSD comes standard with:

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Active Brake Assist

Mitigate potential collisions with stationary and traveling vehicles via automatic warning and partial or full braking.

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Adaptive Cruise Control

Automatically adjusts cruising speed to maintain a safe, continuous following distance from vehicles in the lane ahead.

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Lane Departure Warning

A feature that tracks the truck’s position and sounds a warning when an unintentional lane change is initiated.

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Side Guard Assist

Monitors the truck’s passenger side for objects and alerts the driver with an audible and visual warning if they attempt to veer into an already populated lane.


Powerful Data. Smarter Operations.

Maximum uptime is essential. That's why the EconicSD is purpose-built to increase uptime with a durable cabover and convenient access to the engine and components. And it's why it features Detroit Connect, which helps simplify maintenance and keeps fleets moving.

Virtual Technician

Detroit Connect Virtual Technician® remote diagnostics service takes the guesswork out of diagnostics and helps fleet managers address critical fault events quickly.

Detroit Connect Portal

The Detroit Connect Portal provides a clear view of fault trends across your fleet, so you can identify maintenance issues before they become critical.

Safety Event Viewer

The Detroit Connect Portal also gives fleet managers peace of mind by enabling them to view critical safety events in their trucks that have Detroit Assurance® and take action to increase the safety of trucks on the road.

Legendary Customer Support

With nearly 500 Freightliner dealers across North America and a dedicated customer assistance hotline, Freightliner is always there to keep your fleet running smoothly.

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Engineered for Upfit

Freightliner worked closely with leading refuse equipment manufacturers to bring it to market with new, fully integrated waste-collection solutions. Three configurations outfit rear-load, side-load, or front load refuse trucks.



Globally Validated North American Solution

Adapted from the European vocational Mercedes-Benz Econic, this truck leverages Daimler AG’s global engineering prowess to perfectly optimize a COE truck for North American waste collection, delivering unparalleled safety, uptime and productivity.

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DTNA Parts

DTNA Parts™ are essential for optimal performance in your EconicSD. With Excelerator, ordering the ones you need is easier than ever.

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Superior Freightliner Service

With close to 300 Elite Support Dealerships and nearly 500 dealer service locations across North America, it’s easy to keep your EconicSD running strong.

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24/7 Freightliner Help

Get on-demand support for your EconicSD. Connect with real people at (1-800-FTL-HELP) for technical support, roadside assistance, dealer referral and more.

Extensive Freightliner Dealer Network

Freightliner offers North America’s most extensive dealership network, with nearly 500 locations and highly trained experts who know your EconicSD.


Specialized Financing To Fit Your Budget

Finance or lease your EconicSD with a finance partner who understands your unique business needs. Daimler Truck Financial specializes in developing customized finance solutions that include the truck, body and additional equipment in one package, helping you maximize your investment.

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