Argos orders 100 streamlined demountables
Argos has ordered 100 streamlined demountable box body trucks after a two year trial revealed fuel savings of 4.5 per cent.
In 2008 the online retailer took delivery of the first Bevan21 body to be built by Halesowen-based Bevan Group.
David Rose, the retailer’s general manager for home delivery said: “The Bevan21 has produced average fuel cost savings of around 4.5 per cent compared to our standard box bodies, which is certainly beyond our expectations.”
The aerodynamic design smoothes the air as it flows off the back of the 18-tonne prime mover and over the front of the trailer body, thus reducing drag and improving fuel economy. The new boxes are also significantly lighter than those used previously by Argos.
Argos uses the Bevan 21s mounted on 7.5-tonne chassis to make home deliveries. It also transports the boxes on drawbar rigs deployed in a round-the-clock trunk operation from its regional distribution centres in Bedford, Darlington and Stafford, to a network of 29 customer service centres.