KENT Frozen Foods (KFF) has taken delivery of 31 new Ivecos – 13 Eurocargo and 18 Daily as it continues its 25-year relationship with the brand, which is managed by dealer Haynes Trucks.
The national food service company now runs a solus Iveco fleet of 80 commercial vehicles which are based out of its Aylesford headquarters in Kent and regional depot in Witney, Oxfordshire.
The 13 new 12-tonne Eurocargo ML120E25s main roles will be as an urban workhorse delivering chilled and frozen food to cafes, restaurants and takeaways in London where manoeuvrability is key and where access can be a challenge. The Eurocargo MLC Day Cab is just 2.1 metres wide which makes it perfect for operating in urban areas.
KFF’s distribution manager Jason Windle said: “The 12-tonne is the perfect multi-drop urban delivery truck. It’s got a good turning circle and drivers like them as they easily take them into places where access is very challenging. The Eurocargo is the perfect size as we rarely work to the truck’s full payload, instead its more about optimising load cube on each journey.
KFF opted for the Eurocargo fitted with the Euro VI-d-compliant 250-horsepower 6.7-litre Tector 7 engine which copes well with its predominantly urban work. Solomon Commercials fit each truck with a twin chamber frozen and chilled box body on the 4815mm wheelbase chassis cab complete with a 1,500kg Dhollandia tuckaway tail lift and Frigoblock refrigeration unit.
Eurocargo features Iveco’s innovative, lightweight and patented HI-SCR passive diesel particulate filtration system which unlike anything else in its market segment does away with the need for parked or forced regeneration. This means that zero time is wasted on busy delivery routes with extra weight-savings boosting payload capacity.
While the new Eurocargos are tackling the streets of London the fleet of 18 new 3.5 tonne Daily box vans manage the longer distance delivery work, serving customers as far afield as Manchester in the north and Plymouth in the south west.
Windle added: “Because of the inherent strength of Daily, they work at maximum payload on the outwork leg of their journeys. We take them down to the weighbridge to ensure that with a driver and full tank of fuel the vehicle is compliant but working at its optimum weight,”
“We’ve looked at the heavier Daily, but we wanted to stay under the 3.5 tonnes GVW to manage longer trips without the restriction of a tachograph,” added Windle.
The replacement profile for both vehicles reflects their working patterns with the Eurocargo being renewed every eight years and around half a million kilometres, while the Daily’s five-year life on fleet will see them cover in the region of 400,000km.