Halfords has introduced new aerodynamic truck body, designed dry freight specialist Bevan Group, to its fleet.
The established Bevan21 model has been adapted, including tapering sides and a rear air diffuser to smooth the airflow over and around the back of the truck, reducing drag, and saving fuel.[asset_ref id=”984″]
The new body is mounted on an 18-tonne Mercedes-Benz Axor 1824 chassis with day cab.
Halfords has also taken two more 18-tonne Axors from dealer Gerard Mann Commercials, one with a sleeper cab. Both are standard Bevan21 bodies, allowing Halfords and its distribution partner DHL to compare the two designs in operation.
All three trucks operate from Halfords’ NDC in Coventry, making multi-drop deliveries to Halfords’ 466 stores nationwide.
Halfords logistics controller, Mark Shirley, said: “The vehicles promise fuel cost savings of around five per cent, so we will be monitoring the performance of these trucks closely over the next three months.”