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
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
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
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.