An insight into Mercedes-Benz vans at Van Experience Live 2017

Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live 2017

Millbrook, 20th – 30th June.

On a beautiful, sunny day in Bedfordshire, it is sharply drawn to the attention that a high quality refrigerated vehicle is required for numerous aspects of the retail and fleet delivery markets in the UK. We spent today ironically surrounded by refrigerated vehicles, whilst standing in the heat of the summer sun.

We, at Paneltex, are proud and excited to be exhibiting at the Mercedes-Benz Van Experience Live 2017. At this excellent event, Paneltex is showcasing four temperature-controlled vehicles and one dry freight Luton van in the respective bodybuilder display areas. The Luton, manufactured in our production facility in Hampshire, will be highlighting its extraordinary payload and load space. With more than 200mm more internal height than most other vehicles in its class and a five-piece GRP Luton pod, to maximize repairability and ensure the total cost of ownership remains low, the Paneltex Luton body, mounted on a Sprinter chassis-cab, is a practical, durable and efficient vehicle.

Temperature-controlled vans on a hot day

When it comes to temperature-controlled vehicles, the Paneltex range of Mercedes Sprinter conversions is an accurate depiction of our 3.5 tonne range. On display at Millbrook are two Paneltex Somers Panel Van Conversions and two Paneltex Grocery Home Delivery Vehicles. The first of the panel vans is a twin compartment, multi-temperature Sprinter conversion. It features a moveable/removable bulkhead to allow for immediate compartment changes, our patented Direct Air Cover to improve air flow over the fridge (therefore also improving the fuel economy) and our Superfreeze fold-back side-load door. As an ATP Class C van, the high thermal efficiency, coupled with the high payload, makes this one of the most attractive panel van conversions available. Partnering this van is our Paneltex Somers Flexitemp Van Conversion. With a lot of similar features, including the Direct Air Cover, Superfreeze door, moveable/removeable bulkhead and ATP Class C insulation efficiency, this is clearly another high-quality van conversion. The unique point about this van, however, is its ability to select any temperature in either compartment, from -25°C to +25°C. swapped over (and edited) in mere minutes. This flexible design allows the user to run 2 compartments at different temperatures in any combination (and swap or edit these in mere minutes.

Alongside the two vans is a 3.5 tonne box body built for major UK supermarket, Morrisons, displaying their new colour scheme and livery. As one of the Mercedes-Benz Halo Vehicles, another Paneltex box body, manufactured for grocery retailer Ocado, is on display. With its innovative lightweight design, this van has the highest payload of its class, without losing thermal efficiency. Both these vans are attractively styled, to conform perfectly to brand values, as well as being high quality and efficient.

The first days of VE Live have been interesting, exciting and beautifully sunny. We’re looking forward to more days like these for the rest of the event!