The 314CDI Sprinter chassis cab, which will be supplied on lease by Ryder, worked with Solomon Commercials to design a bespoke body to enable the vans to collect waste from Costa Coffee outlets while delivering coffee and consumables.
The vehicles will have custom 3.35m insulated box bodies with internal loading and triple rear doors and will be equipped with Carrier Transicold Xarios 350 refrigeration units.
A specially designed body with a false floor with integrated lockers enables segregated waste to be removed from the outlets as part of the daily delivery process.
The agreement also sees Kuehne + Nagel trialling TRAILAR, a vehicle-mounted solar system available exclusively through Ryder in the UK.
The system uses ultra-thin, flexible solar matting fitted to the vehicle roof, connected to a controller that works with the vehicle’s battery and alternator to increase fuel performance.
Andrew Blake, Kuehne + Nagel national distribution manager, said: “These new custom-built vehicles have been designed to fit precisely with the demands of the Costa Coffee distribution network.
“Sustainability is a key driver for Costa Coffee, and the unique bodies, with the integral segregated waste compartments, enable us to combine our daily delivery process with the collection of waste for reprocessing. We are delighted with the new vehicles and the support we’ve received from Ryder and Solomon Commercials.”
Neil Ormerod, sales manager at Solomon Commercials added; “A key focus for our business is to provide our customers with a product that helps them achieve their objectives. Our design team worked in partnership with Kuehne + Nagel to provide an innovative offering that help Costa Coffee optimise the use of its fleet, which in turn helps to minimise emissions.”