South Yorkshire’s Green Group has placed one of the biggest orders yet for low-emission Euro VI trucks from Mercedes-Benz.
The environmentally-conscious operator takes delivery this year of 50 New Actros tractor units, the first of which will enter service in March.
Supplied by local Dealer Northside Truck & Van, all will be New Actros 2545 models with flat-floored BigSpace cabs and state-of-the-art straight-six engines which transmit their 330 kW (450 hp) outputs to the road via the latest Mercedes PowerShift 3 automated gearboxes.
Rotherham-based Green Group offers a broad portfolio of transport and warehousing services. Green Group Logistics specialises in full and part loads and is an approved sub-contractor to some of the biggest names on Britain’s roads. The operator is also a member of the Pallex network and runs an International arm, as well as a Construction division.
The fast-growing company ordered its Euro VI tractors after setting its first batch of Mercedes-Benz trucks – 30 New Actros 2545s with Euro V engines – on the road last summer. By the end of 2014, having previous relied on vehicles by three other manufacturers, Green Group will have transformed the profile of its fleet, with all but 10 of its 90 units wearing three-pointed stars.
Assistant Managing Director Rebecca Wharmsby confirms: "Our Euro V New Actros are performing very well and typically returning between 9 and 9.5 mpg full freighted, which puts them as much as a mile and a half ahead of the vehicles they’ve replaced. Given that each unit averages 160,000 miles per year, a fuel saving of that magnitude is worth a lot of money.
"Our drivers love their New Actros and we’ve had no reliability issues, while the team at Northside’s Doncaster dealership provide a fantastic service."
Green Group signed the deal for its first Euro VI trucks last autumn. "We could have gone down the Euro V route again," explains Miss Wharmsby. "But we strive as a business to do all that we can to reduce our carbon footprint, not least because customers invariably ask us when conducting their own annual reviews, what we’re doing to cut emissions.
"By investing before we needed to do so in clean, Euro VI technology from Mercedes-Benz, we’ve proved that not only are we Green by name, we’re also green by nature."
She adds: "I’m hoping too, that we’ll recoup the Euro VI price premium through higher residual values. We like to keep a nice modern fleet so don’t tend to run our vehicles for too long. This should mean there’s plenty of demand when ours become some of the first Euro VI trucks to go onto the second-hand market."
Mercedes-Benz employed a precisely controlled combination of SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) and EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) systems, as well as equipping each vehicle with a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), to meet the Euro VI regulations which came into force on 1st January.
Already well proven, particularly on the Continent where thousands of Euro VI Mercedes-Benz trucks are in service, this technology offers reduced running costs through increased fuel efficiency and dramatic reductions in AdBlue® consumption.