Abel and Cole, the organic food delivery firm, has taken delivery of 42 new Ivevo Daily chassis cabs, including 17 with the brand’s eight-speed Himatic automatic transmission.
The latest deal means that Abel and Cole now has 169 vans on its all-Iveco fleet.
Iveco dealer Hendy Van and Truck supplied the vehicles, seven of which are new with the remaining 35 replacing older models. In the future the business intends to switch entirely to Dailys with the automatic transmission thanks to its popularity with its drivers.
Nick Cannell, Logistics Manager at Abel and Cole, said: “The New Daily’s ideal mix of reliability, durability and low total cost of ownership is a perfect match for our operational needs.”
The company transferred its bespoke refrigerated Paneltex bodywork from the vehicles leaving its fleet on to their replacements in a move that it said would cut the environmental impact of its operations.
Cannell said: “As an environmentally-conscious company, transferring our custom refrigerated bodywork to the new Daily makes perfect sense. The bodywork incorporates a number of non-recyclable components, and we know anyone who bought our vehicles second-hand would likely dump the bodies in landfill.”
Cannel said that operating the ‘box in Eco mode enabled drivers to improve their fuel consumption.
“We’ve achieved a fleet-wide average of 26 mpg this year – which is no mean feat when you consider the stop-start nature of the work. Drivers that need a little help meeting our mpg targets have found the Hi-Matic gearbox very useful,” he said.
Vehicles in Abel and Cole’s fleet typically cover 35,000-40,000 miles annually, with the 169 Daily vans collectively completing approximately 65,000 deliveries per week.