Unimog U 530 with Versalift platform convinces energy distribution company in the United Kingdom.
As the power distributor for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, Northern Powergrid has now invested in an upgraded Mercedes-Benz Unimog for off-road work. And has introduced the world’s first Unimog U 530 to include a Versalift platform. "Our teams are very impressed with the vehicle", says zone manager Alistair Walton.
Quote Alistair Walton
"We can get to harder to reach areas whilst minimising environment impact!"
Alistair Walton, Northern Powergrid zone manager
Unimog meets individual needs.
"And they were also proud to play a part in bringing it to fruition and making Northern Powergrid the first UK distribution network operator – and company in the world – to have this type of vehicle in its fleet”, complements Alistair Walton. Working with the vehicle supplier and body builder from the initial concept, the staff of the distribution company was able to ensure their new vehicle was fit for purpose and meets the needs of those using it every day. Members of Northern Powergrid’s Transport Committee were also involved ensuring the necessary road safety legislation was obtained for this vehicle type.
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Central Tyre Inflation system and lifting platform as winning combination.
The vehicle, which meets stringent Euro 6 environment and CO2 emissions standards, includes a unique Central Tyre Inflation system (CTI). The CTI system enables all tyre pressures to be lowered by the driver from the cab while the vehicle is moving. This increases the tyre ‘footprint’ by 100%, which doubles the surface area, supporting the weight of the vehicle whilst increasing its traction on soft ground. It also allows the Unimog to cross fields without damaging farmers’ land or crops making it better for the environment and landowners.
In the words of Alistair Walton: “The state-of-the-art features on the vehicle and its lifting platform empowers our teams to carry out work without having to disrupt electricity supplies for our customers and we can get to harder to reach areas on our network whilst minimising the impact on the environment."