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25 January 2010 9:00 GMT / Scania in the United Kingdom
'Curved to cut CO2': The Delivery Co. pioneers new generation of fuel-efficient, aerodynamically-styled distribution rigids
The Delivery Co., the Northampton-based specialist logistics provider for members of the PaperlinX group, has introduced the UK's first eight teardrop-bodied distribution vehicles into service. Branded 'Curved to cut CO2' and based on 26-tonnes gross vehicle weight Scania chassis and equipped with bodywork by Don-Bur, the trucks are now operating on the nationwide distribution of paper and plastics products for Robert Horne Group, Howard Smith Paper and The Paper Company.
All eight vehicles are built on Scania 6x2 chassis featuring 320 horsepower Scania Euro 5 engines with Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and Scania Opticruise automated gear selection systems. Five of the chassis are normal-height vehicles, three of which have been supplied by Scania (Great Britain) Limited's South West region and two by Manchester-based West Pennine Trucks Limited. The remaining three trucks are low-height chassis delivered by Stowmarket-based Scania dealer, TruckEast Limited.
The low-height chassis are fitted with double-deck teardrop bodywork to enable the carriage of mixed loads of paper and plastic sheets, while the normal-height vehicles will be used primarily for paper-only loads.
The vehicles, which are based at a total of seven locations around the country, have been supplied on six-year full contract hire agreements. These cover all repair and maintenance of the trucks and their bodywork, including tail-lifts and replacement tyres, with work being carried out by the three supplying dealers.
"Scania was selected as our preferred supplier following a benchmarking exercise which showed it to be both the class-leading vehicle and particularly well-suited to our needs," comments Brian Moran, Operations Manager for The Delivery Co. "As well as the trucks' impressive fuel efficiency, reliability and overall performance, Scania Opticruise reduces driver fatigue, an important factor in multi-drop operations such as ours."
In addition to specifying Scania trucks and teardrop trailers, The Delivery Co. has endeavoured to ensure its new fleet will be as environmentally-efficient in operation as possible. "The trucks are fuel-efficient and both they and their bodywork are aerodynamically-styled to help minimise drag fuel consumption," says Brian Moran. "Furthermore, the Ratcliff Palfinger aluminium tail-lifts we have fitted are 95% recyclable and, looking ahead, we will be using Vacu-Lug retread tyres wherever possible to minimise our overall new tyre usage."