Riverside Truck Rental adds first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in UK to its fleet

Published:  24 July, 2013

Riverside Truck Rental has implemented the first ever Farid Minimatic on Hybrid Canter chassis in the UK in its fleet. The company has been dedicated to supplying vehicles and plant on long term contract hire to private sector companies, central and local government since 1996 and boasts a fleet of waste handling trucks, large plant, commercial vehicles, cars, heavy plant and other modes of equipment of more than 1,500 vehicles. Having run a number of Heil Farid vehicles for some time, Riverside chose to work with the company again for its first ever ‘eco' vehicle.

Supplied by Pentagon Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Ltd of Fareham, Hampshire, the truck features a powerful hybrid drive energy recovery and a start/stop system as standard it is possible for the Canter Eco Hybrid to achieve fuel savings of up to 23% – a reduction that also results in lower CO2 emissions.

The fuel saving principle of the parallel hybrid drive enables operators save fuel while driving by recovering energy for the electric motor when braking. During braking, energy is recovered and stored in the battery for use by the electric motor when it is called on to assist the combustion engine when moving off or accelerating. Used in combination with the start/stop function, that switches the combustion engine off when the vehicle is stationary and starts it again imperceptibly when the vehicle moves off again. This drive concept enables fuel savings of up to 23%.

As the hybrid variant of the Canter has also been designed to deliver top performance, it has a combined efficient 3-litre diesel engine with a powerful electric motor with a rated output of 40 kW/200 Nm. This draws its power from a durable 2 kWh lithium-ion battery to ensure that the operator can benefit from the savings offered by the hybrid drive over the long term. In fact, it's so durable that a 10-year warranty is offered on the battery.

Mounted to the chassis is a Farid MiniMatic 8m3, a fully sealed one-piece construction body with compaction ratio of 3:1 with guaranteed no leakages. This is an ideal solution where restricted access is a problem and excellent manoeuvrability is required. It comes complete with Farid multi-purpose comb lift, LED lighting kit (rear led lights, led beacons, led side marker lights), beacon protection, brush and shovel kit mounted on chassis rack and safety kit (electric teal hand wash unit, first aid kit, fire extinguisher).

Chris Snelson, Operations Director at Riverside commented: ‘At Riverside, we have run both Farid and Heil brands for many years with great success so when the opportunity came to add a Hybrid Canter MiniMatic to our fleet, it was a simple decision. We are now able to offer not just a mini RCV with excellent manoeuvrability but now with considerable fuel savings and reduced CO2 emissions.'

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