G&P Batteries makes positive choice with Iveco Stralis 06 July 2011
Waste battery collection and recycling specialist G&P Batteries has placed an order for six Iveco Stralis 26-tonne rigids, following a competitive tender involving a total of six truck manufacturers.
John Kerr, business unit manager at Darlaston-based G&P Batteries, says: "The deal-clincher was Iveco's whole life costs and proven fuel economy. Miles per gallon has always been a priority, but with the cost of diesel spiralling, it's arguably more important now than ever before."
And he adds: "The Stralis wasn't the cheapest truck, but when you factor in repair and maintenance costs over five years, plus the impressive fuel economy we know we can achieve from the Cursor 8 engine, the Stralis topped our shopping list."
Power is provided by a six-cylinder, 7.8-litre Cursor 8 engine, which is capable of producing up to 310bhp between 1,675 and 2,400rpm, and up to 1,300Nm of torque between 1,200 and 1,675rpm. The driveline package also includes a EuroTronic gearbox, offering drivers a choice of automatic and semi-automatic shifting.
G&P also specified a MIX Telematics system, which connects through Iveco's on-board Fleet Management System (FMS) interface. FMS now features on all new Stralis trucks, allowing connectivity with aftermarket telematics equipment and eliminating the need to specify factory-fitted options at extra cost.
Each of the Stralis Active Time 6x2 rear-steer rigids (AT260S31YP/S) will be supplied by local Iveco dealer Guest Trucks. They are being mounted with curtainside bodywork by Saunders of Stapleton, and Palfinger Crayler rear-mounted forklifts, to enable hassle-free loading at customer sites nationwide.
The vehicles will be in operation five days a week and are each expected to cover up to 60,000 miles a year. They will carry out collections from sites ranging from car dealers and supermarkets to military bases and local authorities.
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