Benchmarx, the specialist kitchens and joinery brand of builders merchant Travis Perkins has invested in a fleet of new vans which increase payload but reduce environmental impact during running.
The 10 aerodynamic Bevan ICONs are being mounted on Euro 5 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDI chassis. They will be assessed for three months, with fuel consumption monitored closely and compared with that achieved by other Travis Perkins Sprinters with ‘standard’ Luton bodies, also by Bevan Group.
The first of the new vehicles is at the Benchmarx depot in Walsall, West Midlands. It has a DEL ‘Slim Jim’ 500kg column tail-lift complete with safety gates, yet unladen, it weighs just 2,500kg, leaving 1,000kg carrying capacity.
Developed in partnership with independent aerodynamics experts from Cranfield University and Hatcher Components, the new body is designed both to increase productivity and reduce the vehicle’s operating costs and environmental impact.
“We have high hopes for the Bevan ICON,” says Adam Baillie, group fleet manager for Travis Perkins’ Benchmarx and City Plumbing brands. “If the trial proves successful then we’re sure to invest in more.
“The payload benefits are already evident. We’ve covered our manual handling concerns by fitting personnel safety gates to the tail-lift but are still left with a very productive carrying capacity.”
The 10 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDIs on which the ICON bodies are based, are being supplied by Intercounty Truck & Van, of Wellingborough.