Caterer Brakes is using the environmentally friendly Econic in their food logistics operations.
Green logo, green thinking: Brakes, the UK's leading provider of produce in the gastronomy sector isn't just switching the contents of its own refrigerated vehicles over to environmentally friendly alternatives, even the vehicles themselves are chosen accordingly. A new, white Econic has hit the roads of London for Brakes and is their first of this model series. Equipped with a refrigerated body and automated manual transmission, the Econic is the perfect vehicle for the task. There's no other vehicle that is so frugal with fuel which has such a city-friendly design.
And the consumption is even better in combination with the PowerShift system.
"Delivering on a cleaner-burning diesel alternative for London" is emblazoned on the refrigerated body of the Econic. And despite this mission, the environmentally conscious catering company doesn't have to make any compromises when it comes to performance. The Special Truck masters difficult tasks like delivering food products in the tight traffic of London with ease. The 18-tonne truck with low-entry cab is driven by a high-torque 7.7-litre six-cylinder inline engine, has an output of 220 kW (299 hp) and is equipped with the 12-speed Mercedes PowerShift 3 system.
Paul Vernon, Fleet and Manual Handling Equipment Manager at Brakes, knows just how good the new PowerShift system is as a consumption-optimised alternative to the proven six-speed Allison automatic transmission. Especially when it comes to the regular starts and stops involved in delivery work, the company anticipates comparatively lower fuel consumption, he explains.