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Interchangeable body system enables multi-role LCV fleets

A new interchangeable body system that can help enable a single LCV to meet multiple fleet roles is to debut at the CV Show.

The patented all-electric interchangeable body system designed for use on any 3.5t/4.25t chassis

The YoYo Multidrops system is a patented all-electric interchangeable body system designed for use on any 3.5t/4.25t chassis – including retrofitting on vehicles up to five years old – and enabling it to load and unload different body types, from refrigerated box bodies to dropsides, Lutons etc.

Lifting and lowering of the different body types is carried out via a non-hydraulic operation activated by a two-button handset, removing the need for additional on-site lifting equipment while also bringing safety benefits.

It can also significantly reduce turnaround times; the firm claims full or part loads of up to 1.5t can be loaded or unloaded in as little as 80 seconds.

And YoYo Multidrops also claims major savings on vehicle operation. According to the firm, investing in three load frames – which could be three different types – can save more than £120,000 over three years compared with the cost of buying and operating three different vehicles.

Derek Bowes, marketing director at YoYo, said: “The YoYo system gives an LCV the ability to demount the body to the ground and pick up another load, all in the space of a couple of minutes.

“Operational efficiency is a top priority for fleet operators. They require quick turnaround to ensure vehicles are in use rather than being stuck in depots. Parked vehicles are not efficient and don’t make money!”

The system does not require type approval as the load frame is classed as a payload and is said to have already seen interest from a number of LCV manufacturers, end users, converters and main dealers.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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