Reynolds puts Econic tractor into service

Waltham Cross, Essex, UK: Ryder has supplied the first Mercedes-Benz Econic tractor unit to go into service in the UK – with leading fresh produce supplier Reynolds.

Although Econic tractors have been tested in the UK, Ryder says that this is the first to go into service with a truck operator. This Econic 1835L 4×2 is derived from an 18t Econic rigid chassis and, as the first of its kind, served as a prototype for Mercedes-Benz, going through a rigorous step-by-step research and development process.

The tractor is plated at 31 tonnes and pulls an 11m Gray & Adams dual-temperature tandem trailer (also supplied by Ryder) with an undermount Carrier fridge; it replaces a 4×2 Daf tractor.

The truck operates from Reynolds’ Waltham Cross national distribution centre in Hertfordshire, and carries out multi-drop deliveries in London.

The specification of the Powershift 3 transmission means the unit can be used for trunking to Reynolds’ satellite depots. Ryder has been a Reynolds partner for a number of years, supplying a range of fridge trailers, including some Gray & Adams longer semi-trailers, and tractor units on a rental basis.

Ryder is maintaining the Econic tractor at its Rainham location.

Steve White, head of fleet at Reynolds said: “With more than 250 vehicles operating from 10 locations, we don’t want hassle in our fleet; we run vehicles for up to seven years and we’ve spent a long time getting the supply base right, getting the vehicle spec and safety features correct; the Econic is a tried and tested vehicle in a tough sector like waste, and we see it – whether rigid or tractor – as a key component in our future fleet.”

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