DM Boyles' DAF CF tridem offers access to small spaces
DM Boyles has bought a new DAF CF 410 8x2 rigid, with a triple rear-axle tridem bogie. The Market Rasen-based company hopes the bogie, with two steer and one drive axle, will help when accessing tighter locations.
The £200,000 CF has also been fitted with a 17,034-litre stainless steel vacuum tank from the firm’s preferred bodybuilder, Whale Tankers. The DAF and its axle configuration are a first for the company and its owner, Ashley Boyles.
Boyles said: “Eight-wheelers are the worst thing in the world to get in anywhere. And the double-drive models are like sailing a super-tanker! I had heard a lot of really good fuel, comfort and reliability reports about DAFs from friends in transport and decided to talk to my local dealer, Ford & Slater, about them. I had just bought a couple of Swedish six-wheelers with rear steer, but when it came to a new eight-wheeler, I was determined to see what all the fuss was about and try a DAF CF and the tridem configuration.”
DM Boyles opted for Whale Tankers because its stainless steel bodies don’t impact too much on the vehicle’s 32-tonne payload.
He added: “This is almost all about payload and manoeuvrability. We have always been delighted with Whale Tankers, and the bonus now is that our drivers love the DAF cab. Then there’s its overall performance, both fuel and reliability. We don’t expect record-braking fuel figures on our sort of work, but I am happy that the DAF is doing well.”
DM Boyles’ DAF tridem was supplied by Ford & Slater with a two-year repair and maintenance plan with one-year of driveline warranty.
Bevan Group enter the EV arena with high-roof Nissan van
Commercial vehicle bodybuilder Bevan Group is to start selling electric vans following an agreement with Slovakia-based Voltia to license and assemble its conversion of a Nissan e-NV200.
The fully electric e-NV200 conversion has a load volume of up to 8cu m, almost twice that of the standard van. Maximum payload for the high volume van is 580kg, while power comes from Nissan’s standard electric motor for the e-NV200 which produces 80kW and 254Nm of torque.
The extra-high body enables drivers to stand in the back of the van, while its low entry height makes it well suited to urban deliveries.
Voltia CEO Juraj Ulehla said: "We are proud to be working with Bevan Group, which we chose from a number of potential UK business partners due to its reputation and strong position within the industry. Not only will local production and distribution of our electric vans be more environment-friendly, thereby supporting British cities in their endeavours to reduce emissions, but this partnership will also enable us to smooth the process of delivery to the UK market, even post-Brexit. It’s a ‘win-win situation’ and we’re confident customers will appreciate the benefits.”
Production of the Bevan-bodied e-NV200s will start at the end of January in Wednesbury, with ten units expected to be completed per week. Panels and other components will be imported from Voltia, but Bevan’s ultimate aim is to produce the parts in-house creating as many as 20 jobs in the process.
“This is a hugely exciting opportunity,” said Bevan Group MD Anthony Bevan. “The Nissan e-NV200 with Voltia conversion is an outstanding product which combines the environmental compatibility of a fully electric, zero-emission drivetrain, with the market-leading productivity of an 8cu m carrying capacity. The fact that the driver can stand up in the back of the van also offers obvious benefits in terms of health and safety, while at nearly 125 miles its range comfortably exceeds the requirements of most, if not all, ‘last mile’ delivery specialists. These attributes also make the van a very attractive proposition for tradesmen such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters who work in urban areas, so we’ll also be offering a range of racking options to suit their needs.”
The vehicles will be supported by Nissan’s standard warranty, as well as a five-year bodywork warranty from Bevan Group.