City West Commercials supplies a Mercedes-Benz Actros 26-tonner to Parsons Nationwide Distribution

Exeter-based Parsons Nationwide Distribution has added a Mercedes-Benz Actros 26-tonner to its 53-strong mixed marque truck fleet, following a positive experience with three new generation Actros tractors it is already running.

Supplied by City West Commercials, the 2540 L has a 2.3m-wide StreamSpace cab, and is powered by a 10.7-litre engine rated at 394hp. Its reinforced curtainsider body has been built by TWR Commercial Bodybuilders of Cullompton.

Commenting on its Actros tractors, which greatly influenced the decision to purchase its first Mercedes rigid, transport manager Paul Collin said: “The Actros blows its competitors out of the water when it comes to safety and driver comfort, while it’s also ahead on fuel economy. After a year on the road the mpg figures are always in the 10s and sometimes the 11s, whereas our Swedish tractors are in the 8s. This explains why we’re only buying Mercedes-Benz trucks right now.”

The newcomer was specified with MirrorCam, which Collin said has been well received by the artic drivers.

“Our drivers have really taken to MirrorCam, to the extent that we’d now struggle to persuade those who’ve tried it to drive anything other than a Mercedes-Benz,” claimed Collin. “They particularly like the way the cameras follow the back of the trailer, which make it so much easier to see what’s going on when they’re reversing.”

He added: “The [Multimedia Cockpit] dashboard is another big success. Even the older guys have taken to the new screens, which are easy to use and look great.”

The haulier, a Pallet Track network member, will also take delivery of a City West Commercials-supplied 12-tonne Atego next month.

DAF powers ahead with new range of EV chargers

DAF Trucks has launched a new range of electric vehicle chargers to help customers power its LF Electric and CF Electric trucks.

The new fixed charging stations will come in power levels from 20kW to 350kW and are supported by a range of mobile chargers with power from 24kW to 40kW.

The range of charging stations has been introduced to support both single electric trucks and fleets with the 20kW to 50kW PACCAR chargers designed for individual trucks that can be charged overnight, while the fast-charging 120kW and 180kW PACCAR chargers are better suited to fleets with multiple routes or working in multiple shifts. DAF says the 180kW unit provides enough power to charge most trucks in less than three hours.

The range’s most powerful charger is a 350kW ultra-fast unit able to apply full-rated power in less than two hours or fast-charge two vehicles simultaneously.

In addition, the range of mobile chargers is said to be ideal for roadside assistance or for use in workshops.

“The application of fully electric trucks requires a specific way of planning and operations”, said Richard Zink, DAF Trucks director of marketing and sales.

“DAF makes this conversion as easy as possible for its customers. We always advise about how an electric truck delivers the highest return on investment in the daily operation. And as from today we also offer our customers premium quality charging equipment so that they are assured of the most optimal integration between the truck and charging station.”