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GOING GREEN: Maltby, South Yorkshire-based Green Group has placed an

23rd January 2014
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Page 3, 23rd January 2014 — GOING GREEN: Maltby, South Yorkshire-based Green Group has placed an
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order for 50 Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractors, the first of which will enter service in March. Supplied by Northside Truck & Van, the Pall-Ex member had already taken delivery of 30 Euro-5 Actros tractors last summer and said that by the end of 2014 all but 10 of its 90 trucks on the fleet will sport the three-pointed star.

Assistant MD Rebecca Wharmsby said: "Our Euro-5 Actros units are performing well and typically returning between 9mpg and 9.5mpg, fully freighted, which puts them 1.5 miles ahead of the MANs they've replaced. Given that each unit averages 160,000 miles per year, a fuel saving of that magnitude is worth a lot of money."

She said that because the haulier —which also works as a subcontractor for Gist, Wincanton and Norbert Dentressangle —wanted to be "green by nature" as well as name, it went down the Euro-6 route. "I hope we'll recoup the Euro-6 price premium through higher residual values. We like to keep a modern fleet so don't tend to run our vehicles for too long," said Wharmsby. "This should mean there's plenty of demand when our tractors become some of the first Euro-6s to enter the second-hand market."

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