The Bevan ICON – an eco-friendly Luton body for 3.5-tonne chassis – was Highly Commended in the Innovation section of the 2012 What Van? Awards, announced today (6th December).
The futuristic Bevan ICON incorporates cutting-edge technology designed to increase productivity, and reduce both operating costs and environmental impact.
Its streamlined design contributes to improved fuel economy while the lightweight and recyclable body panels, which are assembled at Bevan’s production facility in Halesowen, translate into a market-leading payload of more than 1,200kg.
“The Awards judges were impressed by the innovation showed by Bevan in the development of the ICON,” said What Van? Editor Paul Barker. “It’s a clever answer that’s timely in its approach to operators’ needs to both save money and maximise vehicle activity, and is well deserving of its Highly Commended status.”
The Bevan ICON was developed in partnership with independent aerodynamics experts from Cranfield University and Hatcher Components. Launched at this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, and initially available mounted on Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, it is already delivering environmental and fuel cost benefits for leading operators such as Travis Perkins and shared-user distribution specialist Lenham Storage.