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Iveco sparks up new Daily order with UK Power Networks

Iveco sparks up new Daily order with UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks, the country’s biggest electricity distributor, has taken delivery of eight 3.5-tonne Iveco Daily panel vans and praised the model’s payload credentials.

The vehicles were chosen after a demonstrator proved it could carry an extra 100 kg in a payload test versus competitor models when fully kitted out with the firm’s chosen racking.

Supplied by Dunstable-based dealer Northern Commercials, the vehicles join the company’s national repair fleet supporting crews conducting repairs to power cables across Greater London, Kent, Norfolk and West Sussex. The vans are new additions to UK Power Network’s 3,000-strong fleet, of which 10% are Ivecos.

Cliff Allender, transport operations manager at UK Power Networks, said: “Our crews carry out emergency repairs across the biggest power network in the UK, so the payload of the vehicles is vital. They need to carry all the tools and equipment necessary to deal with a whole range of issues - and the load-carrying capability of the Iveco means they can do just that.

“The speed in providing us with a Daily to carry out the payload test was excellent and so were the results. We are already looking at the possibility of adding more Ivecos to the fleet when we replace older models.”

The vans have been fitted with racking systems by Tevo and will be used intensively, with crews on the road 365 days a year. Fleet uptime is maximised with Iveco’s extended service intervals of 50,000 km, and thanks to new, tougher brake pads which are more efficient and durable than ever.

Each Daily (35S16) has a cargo volume of 10.8m³ and is powered by a 2.3-litre diesel engine producing up to 156 bhp and 350 Nm of torque.

They have been specified with an air-suspended driver’s seat for maximum comfort and a reversing camera to aid manoeuvrability. The load area also features a SwingLift crane, for safely lifting heavy goods into and out of the van.