The chilled dairy product manufacturer wanted to extend the environmental credentials of its production operation out into its distribution fleet, which delivers to food service wholesalers and food manufacturers across the UK.
Ryder recommended two 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Actros 4x2 rigids with Solomon Slipstream refrigerated body design and Carrier Eco-Drive fridges.
“As these vehicles will predominantly travel into London, I wanted them to be as efficient as possible,” says Charis Lewis, logistics and distribution manager at BV Dairy.
“With the Carrier Eco-Drive, we have an electric fridge but with the peace of mind that it can run on diesel. In the eventuality of one of our drivers being stuck out overnight somewhere, then the produce would be kept chilled if the electric fridge couldn’t be charged,” says Lewis.
The new vehicles also include Solomon’s aerodynamic Slipstream system and Kamm Tail, which curves the roof downwards at the rear.
“Our vehicles are on the road six days a week and will clock up around 130,000km a year. We don’t have any spare vehicles, so the reason we contract hire our vehicles is that we need a reliable service provider for maintenance and repairs,” adds Lewis.
“This enables me to get on with the day-to-day business of running the fleet, knowing our vehicle maintenance is in safe hands.”