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Norbert Dentressangle and Mitsubishi Electric introduce DAF LF diesel hybrid to distribution fleet

20 January 2013

Norbert Dentressangle and Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. – UK Branch (MEU-UK) have jointly invested in a DAF LF diesel hybrid truck (earlier post) for the distribution fleet.

Originally appointed by MEU-UK in 2008, Norbert Dentressangle is responsible for the distribution of products, including large industrial air conditioning units, Ecodan heating systems, spare parts and instruction manuals, to MEU-UK’s customers throughout the UK and Ireland. Using a mixed fleet of traditional 7.5 tonne and 18 tonne vehicles, the company handles upwards of 300 orders per day and delivers palletized product using a fleet of dedicated vehicles. It also manages the delivery of up to 300 parcels per day and provides a range of value-added services, including timed deliveries to meet construction schedules and Hiab and crane lifting solutions, enabling Mitsubishi Electric to meet its customers’ requirements accurately.

In line with Norbert Dentressangle and MEU-UK’s shared commitment to minimizing the impact of their activities on the environment and volume growth in the operation, the two companies took the decision to invest in a 12 tonne DAF LF Hybrid. It is anticipated that the vehicle will deliver a 17% reduction in CO2 emissions over a standard vehicle, along with an additional two pallet load capacity over the 7.5 tonne vehicles and better accessibility than the 18 tonne vehicles in the existing fleet, supporting improved operational flexibility.

90% of Norbert Dentressangle trucks meet Euro IV and V standards; earlier this year, the company became the first to take delivery of a Euro VI vehicle, two years before the new standards come into force. The company already operates a number of diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, both in the UK and in mainland Europe and continues to invest in technical and operational solutions which optimize vehicle capacity and utilisation—e.g., double-deck trailers, longer semi-trailers, composite tankers and aluminium semi trailers—and works closely with customers to measure the carbon footprints of their transport operations, using its Bureau Veritas certified CO2 emissions calculator.

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