Eddie Stobart to trial Iveco EcoStralis trucks 13 July 2012

Eddie Stobart is putting two Iveco EcoStralis tractor units to the test, saying that it will be monitoring their performance closely over the coming months.

The trucks, named Sophie and Lynda Dawn in line with the Eddie Stobart tradition, will operate from the firm's depot in Carlisle on general haulage, pulling tri-axle curtainside semi-trailers at up to 44 tonnes gvw.

These are the first Iveco vehicles to join Eddie Stobart's current fleet of more than 2,250 tractor units.

They are powered by the EcoStralis' re-mapped FPT Cursor 10 10.3 litre engine, claimed to reduce fuel consumption while maintaining performance – with the EEV-rated powerplant producing up to 460hp and 2,100Nm between 1,050 and 1,550rpm.

Other fuel-saving features include EcoStralis' usual range – from its Ecoswitch, which uses vehicle weight data from ECAS/EBS to limit engine torque, to the EuroTronic transmission with its ECOfleet mode, which also automatically adjusts to the loading of the vehicle to tune fuel economy.

The trucks have also been supplied with Michelin X Energy SaverGreen low rolling resistance tyres as original equipment, and were specified with higher gearing and an 85km/h speed limiter.

Both vehicles were supplied by Iveco dealer North East Truck & Van and are expected to remain in service with the operator for the next three years, clocking-up 160,000 km per annum.

Brian Tinham

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