Matthew James Global Relocations has introduced the UK’s first Scania hybrid removal vehicle into its fleet. A key factor in the company’s decision to purchase the vehicle is our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. Last year, the company obtained ISO 14001 accreditation, which has helped us focus on making our operation more sustainable. As a hybrid, the truck’s nine-litre internal combustion engine is complemented by an electric machine which delivers 177hp and 1,050Nm of torque.
Using electrical power alone, the truck has a range of ten kilometres, based on a 15-tonne load on flat roads. It is therefore ideal for ultra-quiet operation in city centres. The truck, which will operate principally within the Greater London area, offers quiet, clean and fuel-efficient operation.
It has been designed with vulnerable road users in mind and has been built to a specification which achieves a Three Star rating under Transport for London’s Direct Vision Scheme; the scheme measures how much an HGV driver can see directly through their cab windows. This in turn indicates the level of risk to vulnerable road users, such as people walking and cycling, near the vehicle and is part of the Mayor of London’s Vision Zero plan to eliminate all deaths and serious injuries on London’s transport network by 2041.
In addition to low noise and low emissions, the hybrid is a particularly economical option for use in London, where our vehicles are often stationary for significant periods of time, due to the sheer volume of traffic.
We now operate a fleet of 35 vehicles and the company’s UK hub in Dartford provides 34,000 square feet of storage space.
We are proud to position ourselves at the forefront of the relocations industry and are delighted to be able to offer our customers this latest-generation vehicle. It is hoped that the new vehicle will pave the way for many more companies to follow our lead.