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BT Fleet invests in 145 New Daily 7.0-tonne vans

14 July 2015 #CV Sector #News #Sales #Top Stories

BT Fleet is taking delivery of 145 of the 7.0-tonne Iveco New Daily vans as part of a cost-saving downsizing programme.

Each of the New Daily 70C17 vans – the International Van of the Year 2015 – meet the latest Euro-6 emissions legislation. They have also been fitted with Bri-Stor modular racking and Gardner Denver hydraulic and pneumatic onboard power systems, which operate from a power take-off (PTO) installed on the factory line. The hydraulic and pneumatic equipment enables each vehicle to operate as a self-sufficient mobile workshop to support the installation and maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure networks nationwide.

Rob Pope, Head of Engineering at BT Fleet, explains, “The New Daily vans enable us to enhance our fleet. They can carry the same equipment and tooling as the trucks they have replaced and can do 98% of the same work, whilst offering a flexible operational package.

“Iveco offered the largest capacity panel van on the market, and we had full confidence in the New Daily to perform over a long service life. A smaller 5.5-tonne competitor model would have been too close to the wire on payload capacity, whereas the New Daily has enough capacity for our crews to carry an additional one tonne of materials to site.”

Each of the New Dailys is built on a 4,100 mm wheelbase and offers an 18m³ loadspace. With an internal height of 2,100 mm, even tall users can stand upright inside. A towbar has also been installed to allow the vehicles to tow a skeletal cable drum trailer. The vans are powered by a 3.0 litre heavy-duty diesel engine which is capable of producing up to 170 hp between 3,000 and 3,500 rpm, and up to 400 Nm of torque between 1,250 and 3,000 rpm.

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