Tesco.com places major Iveco deal
The deal will make Tesco.com one of the largest operators of Daily AGiles in Europe, with the order including 770 Daily 35S11 AGiles, incorporating Iveco’s six-speed automated transmission, which offers the driver a choice between completely automatic or manual sequential gear selection using a lever on the dashboard.
Tesco.com has also specified 25 natural gas-powered EcoDailys – which are built as dedicated alternative fuel vehicles at Iveco’s production plant in Suzzara, Italy. These vehicles will run exclusively on CBM, which has the lowest carbon intensity of any commercially available fuel.
'The scale of the CBM trial will allow us to assess the performance of the natural gas vehicles comprehensively,' said Dino Papas, fleet transport manager at Tesco.com. 'It represents one of the most important trials we have ever run, and if it proves successful, it could have a major impact on our future transport strategy.'
The new fleet will be spread across the majority of Tesco.com’s 300+ sites throughout the UK. Each of the vehicles will remain in operation for five years and will clock up an average of 25,000 miles per year.
The vehicles are mounted with Solomon triple-compartment insulated bodywork for the combined transport of ambient, refrigerated and frozen goods, with the temperature controlled by GAH or Hubbard refrigeration systems. The bodywork is built with side loading doors on the nearside to permit safe unloading by the driver at the kerbside.
Each vehicle also features a Microlise on-board telematics system which provides information on vehicle performance, driving style and fuel consumption, which is used to support Tesco’s extensive driver training programme and to provide both an environmental and safety benefit. The telematics device also features an in-built vehicle-tracking function to support vehicle security.