North-East Dealer Bell Truck and Van has delivered five new-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units with rear-facing cameras instead of the conventional door mirrors to Elddis Transport.
The Consett-based operator is one of the first UK customers for the new-generation Actros, which incorporates more than 60 innovations. Its new trucks have BigSpace cabs, but while three are Actros 2545 models which employ the 330 kW (450 hp) engines usually preferred by Elddis, two are 350 kW (476 hp) Actros 2548 variants.
Elddis will be evaluating these more powerful units and comparing their performance and economy with its established fleet favourite. MirrorCam does away with door mirrors. Instead, compact rear-facing cameras in streamlined housings display images of the view down each side of the vehicle on screens inside the cab.
As well as enhancing safety by offering a wider and clearer field of rearward vision, MirrorCam removes previous blind spots caused by mirror housings, while its smaller, more aerodynamic profile improves mpg returns by reducing wind resistance. Elddis Transport Managing Director Nigel Cook said: “These trucks are already working hard in a variety of demanding roles, including a high-mileage double-shift application that will really give us a good indication of their fuel performance.”