Mercedes-Benz has provided a fleet of 35 environmentally friendly vehicles for Southwark council’s street cleaning rounds.
Supplied on five- year lease hire by London Hire, the council’s new Sprinter 310CDI vans come with factory-built cage tipper bodies, and will be put to use by the council on street cleaning and parks maintenance duties.
The vans are powered by engines that meet current Euro 5 emissions limits, and are fitted with the company’s ECO-Start system, which automatically cuts the engine after two seconds when the vehicle is stationary and the driver selects neutral gear.
Because of the low emissions status, the vehicles will be exempt from congestion charging, which could save Southwark council up to £175,000 a year on fees, and have already reduced the council’s carbon footprint by 92 tonnes.
Southwark Council business unit manager Matthew Trott said: “Choosing vehicles that would cause the lowest possible impact on the local and global environment was right at the top of our list of priorities when we made this decision.
“We looked at several options – not many could offer Euro 5 engines, even fewer could provide vehicles to EEV specification, and only Mercedes-Benz could combine those two features with the ECO-Start system.”
“Of course we also had to be satisfied that the vans would be ‘fit for purpose’, and would provide a reliable and efficient service to our council tax payers. The Sprinters are extremely well built and very cost-effective, as well as providing a comfortable and safe working environment for our staff.”
The council is hoping to replace its entire 320 vehicle fleet with similar low carbon vans, which could save Southwark over £115,000 a year.