Brisbane-based Service Bodies Australia (SBA) has partnered with Isuzu Trucks to build two prototype trucks designed to clean and sanitise large surface areas including recreational areas and apartment complexes.
The 'COVID Buster' Isuzu N Series trucks are spec'd with compression air sanitation units with onboard water reservoirs.
Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) Fleet Sales Manager (QLD & NT), Steve Goulding, said the development of the prototypes was a timely response to an unprecedented public safety issue.
“Alongside our partners at SBA, we’re pleased to be able to demonstrate the capabilities and the efficiencies of this product in a real-world situation," said Goulding.
“I think it’s particularly pertinent in today’s market. The COVID situation is changing so rapidly, and I think it’s important that industry remains agile and adaptable to that change," he said.
The COVID Busters also feature SBA's Spitwater compression cleaning unit which is anchored to the Servicepack's rear tray and can be used to clean and treat surfaces such as glass, concrete and steel.
These mobile units are reported to disperse disinfectant solution via the compressed air unit which is powered by the truck's engine.
SBA Managing Director, JP Shelburn, emphasised the importance of mobile sanitising solutions in conversation with Isuzu.
“I think right now it’s extremely important to demonstrate how easy it is to take existing, readily available capital equipment and adapt its end use into something critically important to public health," said Shelburn.
“We’ve been developing this application with our partners at Isuzu Trucks and Spitwater Australia since the pandemic started, and it’s been put together with follow-up waves of infections in mind.
“This is a nasty, unpredictable virus, and it’s important to continue to be prepared and be a step ahead as this pandemic continues to unfold," he said.
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