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Evans European Transport adds another sleeper cab Fuso

Colin Evans, with Evans European Transport’s latest Fuso 7.5-tonner

Grimsby, Yorkshire, UK: Evans European Transport has taken a 7.5-tonne refrigerated-bodied Fuso Canter with sleeper cab.

Northside Truck & Van supplied the vehicle that started as a standard chassis with double crew-cab, offering seating for a driver and up to six passengers.

Hatcher Components replaced the second row of seats with a full-sized bed, to create a sleeping compartment, before Gray & Adams fitted a 5-metre, single-compartment insulated box body and GAH EX700 fridge.

Colin Evans, director Evans European Transport said: “The resulting vehicle provides exactly what we wanted. The living area is comfortable and spacious for our driver, who typically spends three nights a week on the road, distributing food products between manufacturing plants and supermarket distribution centres from Scotland to the South-West. Yet we were still left with plenty of room for our preferred size of body.

“Crucially, thanks to the Canter’s light yet robust chassis, we’ve been able to achieve our target payload of 3.0 tonnes with ease. That’s around a tonne more than most other manufacturers could offer for a 7.5-tonne truck with sleeper cab.”

Evans European Transport’s fifth Canter is powered by a 3-litre common-rail turbo-diesel, dual-clutch automated gearbox, with an engine brake and stop/start system included as standard. Northside Truck & Van’s Immingham branch will handle all maintenance.

Hatcher Components created the sleeping compartment, Gray & Adams providced the single-compartment body, GAH made the fridge for this Fuso chassis

Evans European Transport ran one other Canter with overnight driver accommodation, in the shape of a roof-mounted sleeper pod, designed and fitted by Hatcher Components. That vehicle has a high-volume curtainside body, but the lower profile of the new truck’s fridge box meant a roof pod was not a viable option.

“We know from experience that the 7.5-tonne Canter leads its class when it comes to payload, while we’ve also found this model to be exceptionally reliable and cost-effective to operate,” Evans said.

“Northside Truck & Van Sales Executive Nigel Hill was not thrown by our requirement for a sleeper cab, even though this was not a standard option. He and I made a joint approach to Hatcher with the idea of converting a crew-cabbed vehicle, and we’re delighted with the result.”

Founded in 1994, Evans European Transport runs a fleet of 26 vehicles. The largest are 26-tonners, while the line-up also includes a number of vans, 16 of them Mercedes-Benz Sprinters also supplied by Northside.

As well as undertaking temperature-controlled distribution, Evans European Transport offers same-day delivery, contract logistics and warehousing services to a variety of ‘blue-chip’ customers.