McCulla Ireland puts first Range T High into international service

McCulla Ireland Range T truck


McCulla Ireland has put into service a Range T520 High, its first. The truck is also one of the first right-hand drive models in Ireland.

Delivered by Diamond Trucks, the Renault Trucks dealer from Northern Ireland, the Range T High joins McCulla Ireland’s fleet of 100 trucks and 150 trailers.

The temperature controlled logistics firm is already running six Renault Premiums and a Range T480.

Brian Beattie, operations director at McCulla Ireland, said: “Based on the excellent reliability and fuel performance of the Premiums, we decided to trial the Range T for domestic work and the T High for International service.

"We are looking at these as seed vehicles; they’re already performing very well on fuel and if this continues we would expect to include Renault Trucks on our list for future vehicle purchases.”

The T High is hauling refrigerated trailers from McCulla Ireland’s sites in both Lisburn and Dublin. The truck will  travel across Ireland, the UK and into Europe, making frequent trips to France, Benelux and Switzerland.

McCulla Ireland are headquarted in Belfast and Dublin. 

IAA 2018: Continental presents app with real-time tyre pressure monitoring

Continental has unveiled the next iteration of its tyre pressure monitoring platform at IAA, which promises real-time alerts if there is an issue with tyre pressure or temperature.

ContiConnect Live tells truck fleet operators immediately if there is a problem with the temperature or pressure of a tyre, even when the vehicle is on the road. The data is transferred to the servers and the web portal by the ContiConnect Driver app, which is also new. Before the end of this year, the app will be able to show tyre information on Daimler Fleetboard and TomTom Telematics devices as well as other Android devices, such as smartphones and tablets, initially in the driver’s cab.

Nikolai Setzer, executive board member and head of the tyre division at Continental, said: “ContiConnect Live integrates our digital solutions for commercial vehicle tires into the existing in-vehicle systems and displays. Fleet customers can thus embark on digital tire management on the basis of their existing devices.”

In addition, launching in October for first test customers is ContiConnect’s slow leak detection, which provides alerts that tyre pressure is decreasing at a much earlier stage than with traditional TPMS.

Continental also presented its Conti e.MotionPro tyre, which was developed for MAN’s electric truck, the CitE, at IAA (pictured). The tyre manufacturer noted that new vehicle concepts can change the traditional centre of gravity, wheel loads and torques, which can affect the load capacity or wear resistance of traditional truck tyres, for example.

Klaus Kreipe, head of original equipment truck tires at Continental, said: “Electric vehicles can temporarily be fitted with conventional tyres. However, the new powertrains and the new vehicle concepts that are sometimes associated with them will change the requirements for commercial vehicle tyres. We are currently making use of partnerships to gain valuable experience for the development of tires for electric trucks and buses.”