Evans sees the green light with FUSO Canter Eco Hybrid

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport is saving fuel and cutting its carbon emissions after commissioning its first diesel-electric FUSO Canter.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport is saving fuel and cutting its carbon emissions after commissioning its first diesel-electric FUSO Canter.

The Grimsby-based operator’s 7.5-tonne Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid was supplied by Mercedes-Benz Dealer Northside Truck & Van – the German manufacturer’s network is responsible for sales and support of the popular FUSO light truck range across mainland Britain. It is fitted with an insulated box body by The Cold Consortium, of York, and a GAH single-temperature refrigeration unit.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.The new arrival has lined up alongside a 7.5-tonne truck by a rival manufacturer. Not only is the Canter trouncing its competitor when it comes to fuel efficiency, but despite the extra weight of its batteries and electric motor it is also a winner in terms of payload.

Company Director Colin Evans revealed: “The two trucks are on very similar work and while the established vehicle returns an average of 14 mpg, the Canter Eco Hybrid is already hitting 17.5 mpg, a figure we expect will get even better. Clearly, an improvement of that magnitude represents a very significant saving.

“The Canter also wins hands-down on payload, which means it’s more efficient and productive – despite the weight of its insulated body and refrigeration unit it can still carry nearly 3.5 tonnes, over a tonne more than its rival, which is very impressive.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.“We’ve never had a hybrid vehicle before but I see no reason to be afraid of the technology, while the benefits in cost savings and reduced emissions are clear.”

The first hybrid truck to make economic as well as environmental sense, the Canter 7C15 Eco Hybrid is powered by a 110 kW (150hp) diesel engine that works in parallel with a state-of-the-art 40 kW (54hp) electric motor.

From stationary it uses electric power only, then switches to a combination of diesel and electric operation once a speed of around 6 mph has been reached. Depending on the power demand, the electric motor also supports the diesel at higher speeds; mode switching is seamless, requiring no input from the driver. To optimise fuel-saving an Idle Start-Stop system is fitted as standard.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.The compact, lightweight electric motor and lithium-ion batteries – covered by a 10-year, unlimited mileage warranty, fully supported by FUSO – mean the hybrid version weighs just 160 kg more than the standard diesel-powered Canter, resulting in a 5.0 tonne body and payload allowance.

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.Evans European Transport’s new truck is the subject of an Agility funding agreement, from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services – Agility offers all the benefits of hire purchase with a balloon payment, including low monthly outgoings, but offers additional flexibility by allowing customers to choose from a range of options at the end of the term.

“The Agility package is excellent,” added Mr Evans. “It allows us to put off deciding what to do at the end of the contract until much nearer the time, and the payments are highly competitive. We’re also very happy with the service we receive from Northside Truck & Van – they’ve invested heavily in their Immingham depot and we’ve been impressed with the facilities and the professionalism of the staff.”

Temperature-controlled distribution specialist Evans European Transport saving fuel & cutting emissions with a diesel-electric FUSO Canter.Founded in 1994, Evans European Transport specialises in the same-day collection and delivery of a diverse range of goods including soups, sauces, fish and prepared meals for some of the biggest food producers and supermarkets, either direct to store or distribution centres.

Its vehicles also carry pharmaceutical products, whether in finished form or as raw materials requiring critical control of the temperature.

www.evanseuropeantransport.co.uk

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