West Yorkshire-based Bedfords Transport has ordered a further 12 ECOSTRALIS 6×2 mid-lift tractor units from local Iveco dealer Northern Commercials.

The order was placed after its first two ECOSTRALIS Active Space Super3 tractors, which entered service on 1 June 2011, “smashed” the four per cent fuel saving guarantee.

Measured against the 80-strong fleet’s 8.47 mpg average, the first two ultra-efficient ECOSTRALIS tractors delivered an average fuel economy of 9.6 mpg and 9.98 mpg respectively during June and July – equating to an average saving of 15.6 per cent against the fleet average.

Based on 140,000 km per year over three years, this enhanced fuel economy is projected to achieve savings in excess of £20,000 per vehicle, based on a bulk diesel price of £1.15 per litre.

Steve Hollingsworth, Fleet Engineer at Bedfords Transport, says: “Iveco guaranteed the ECOSTRALIS would deliver at least a four per cent improvement in fuel economy against our fleet average, once the initial 20,000 km running-in period was completed. In actual fact we’ve literally smashed that target from the very start.

“What makes this performance particularly impressive is that it’s been the holiday period, and we’ve had different drivers, including agency drivers behind the wheel. Now the initial 20,000 km running-in period is over, I’m confident the savings will increase further.”