Hull-based Countrywise Water Coolers has invested in two 7.5-tonne hybrid delivery lorries as part of its ongoing strategy to lower its carbon footprint.
The Mitsubishi Canters, which can each carry up to 150, 19-litre water cooler bottles, will be used for deliveries in and around the Hull and Grimsby areas.
According to Mitsubishi these types of lorries are the world’s first viable hybrid trucks, which save on fuel because they run on a battery during low speeds and are re-charged as they drive.
The Canter’s three-litre turbo diesel engine has been combined with a 40kW electric motor to help lower fuel consumption and emissions.
And the combination of the engine’s energy recovery and automatic start/stop (ISS) system will help Countrywise save around 23 per cent in fuel, when compared with a conventional Canter diesel model, which in turn helps lower CO2 emissions.
Rebecca Stow, Countrywise Water Coolers’ general operations director, said:
“These two new lorries are a welcome addition to our existing delivery fleet of 12 trucks and vans, and we chose them because of their eco credentials.
“We are constantly looking at way of reducing our carbon footprint; for example, we ask our clients to save the plastic drinking cups we provide them as they can be recycled and our bottles water cooler reused up to 50 times.”
The lorries were bought from Northside Truck & Van, in Hull, while Martin Williams (Hull) Ltd created the bespoke bodies and paintwork.
Countrywise Water Coolers was established in 1991 and has been based on Dairycoates Industrial Estate, three-miles to the west of Hull city centre, for the past 13 years.