Choosing the right vehicle for specific applications is no easy task, but one operator thinks it’s onto a winner.

When looking to find a gritter solution for Barnet, Econ Engineering had to take several factors into consideration. For example, there are London’s low emission levels, plus Barnet being one of the city’s highest boroughs. There are also a number of low bridges to navigate around.

As such, the company is trialling an MAN TGM 18.250 4X4 BB C cab on its gritting hire fleet. It’s powered by a 6.9-litre six-cylinder Euro 6D compliant engine and features a permanent 6m3 spreader. Econ’s Low Throw spreader technology ensures salt is spread underneath parked cars and oncoming traffic.

The Econ 4X4 is also fitted with a control route guidance system. This technology offers the driver specific route information and advice on any possible route obstructions.

The emissions regulations are adhered to in part thanks to the engine’s SCR technology. The D08 is not only more efficient and lighter than before, while oil change intervals have been extended. Previously requiring replacement every 12 months, oil now requires changing every 18 months (or 80,000km).  

Insider the cab, drivers have a broad view outside thanks to a deep windscreen and large side windows. There are also ‘high levels of comfort’ according to MAN, which are welcomed in cold conditions.

“The attraction of this vehicle for this challenging operation is simple,” explained Jonathan Lupton, operations director, Econ. “Not only is there a reduction in both emissions and serviceable parts, there is also a weight saving too. This means that we can further help our customers maximise fleet efficiency and improve both vehicle uptime and payload.

“Gritters are known to have extended periods without use,” continued Lupton. “However, due to vehicle duty cycles and the harsh environments they work in, the SCR only solution is ideal for this operation.”