Riverside Truck Rental has taken delivery of the first IVECO refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) to join its 2,000-strong fleet, with the delivery of six 16-tonne Eurocargos into its national spot hire operation. Key to securing the deal was the vehicle’s projected low total cost of ownership and the suitability of the Eurocargo’s compact chassis for urban environments and narrow rural lanes.
Supplied by Avonmouth-based IVECO dealer Aquila Truck Centres, the new arrivals are perfectly suited for the low-speed and stop/start nature of refuse collection work, with each truck benefiting from an Allison five-speed automatic transmission.
The Eurocargo is the only Euro VI medium-range vehicle to meet emissions standards with a single anti-emission system – IVECO’s patented HI-SCR technology – which utilises the passive regeneration of the diesel particulate filter (DPF). This requires neither driver involvement nor downtime from forced regeneration, meaning productivity is increased for both the driver and operator. HI-SCR also eliminates any requirement for customers to periodically operate the vehicle at motorway speeds to clean out the DPF – which can negatively impact upon fuel use, vehicle availability and driver’s hours.
The trucks have been mounted with bodies built by Geesink Norba and will be available to hire out to fleets including private sector waste companies and local authorities on either spot or contract hire basis.
Chris Snelson, Fleet and Asset Director at Riverside Truck Rental, says:
“The Eurocargo gives us the flexibility to offer customers a smaller and more compact vehicle, which can out-manoeuvre a standard 26-tonne RCV built on traditional three-axle chassis.
“Early feedback from customers have been really positive. They clearly recognise the benefits of HI-SCR and there’s strong demand for vehicles of this size in the market.”
All service and maintenance work will be conducted within the IVECO dealer network as part of a three-year IVECO Elements package.
Powered by a Tector 7 engine, the Eurocargo (160E25/P) can produce up to 250 hp between 2,050 and 2,500 rev/min and 850 Nm of torque between 1,250 and 2,050 rev/min. Each vehicle is fitted with an air suspended driver’s seat and a hydraulic pack to power the body.
Designed as ‘the truck the city likes’, the Eurocargo won International Truck of the Year in 2016 and has one of the best turning circles in its category, a great driving position and excellent cab visibility. This makes it perfect for operations in restricted urban environments, where the growing size of domestic cars makes it increasingly difficult for RCVs to access narrow roads with on-street parking.
Riverside Truck Rental is one of the largest specialist truck rental companies in the UK and is based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire. It operates from 22 depots across the country and has a fleet ranging from 3.5 to 44 tonnes, including tractor units, skip loaders, RCV’s, specialist trailers, sweepers and tankers on short, medium or long-term rental packages.
Source: Uk Haulier