Able & Cole optimises fleet with new Iveco Dailys
The delivery falls in with the firm's 100% Iveco fleet policy and sees the 70-strong home delivery fleet split 50/50 between van and chassis cab models.
Supplied by Iveco dealer Hendy Van & Truck, the new vehicles have been optimised to ensure the maximum payload capacity and accessibility for the driver. The Paneltex bodywork has seen the payload increase from 940kg on earlier van models to 1,100kg on the new Daily 35S13 chassis cabs. The bodywork has been custom-built to meet driver requirements, with flexible shelving space and sufficient roof height to allow drivers to stand-up fully inside.
Each of the Daily’s has been specified with Iveco’s "Blue & me" Bluetooth connectivity, together with a Cybit Fleet Star satellite tracking system. They have each been supplied on a five-year Iveco Elements repair & maintenance contract with an average annual mileage allowance of 60,000 miles.
Ben Reardon, head of logistics at Abel & Cole, said: 'We’ve standardised on Daily across our fleet as we feel it offers us the best mix of reliability, durability and whole life cost. The support we receive from Hendy Van & Truck has been second-to-none. Dealer relationships are incredibly important when selecting a vehicle supplier, and in Hendy we enjoy excellent back-up and their team play an integral part in the design and specification of our vehicles.'
Every vehicle features a cab roof-mounted Hubbard temperature controlled system. Those vehicles used outside of central London, where higher speeds are commonplace, also benefit from an aerofoil to streamline the flow of air over the cab roof, chiller unit and bodywork.
The Daily 35S13s are powered by Fiat Powertrain Technologies’ (FPT) new 2.3-litre common-rail diesel engine which is capable of producing up to 126PS between 3,050 and 3,600rpm and up to 290Nm of torque between 1,650 and 3,050rpm.