London-based recycling and waste management firm Bywaters recently added 30 new Volvo trucks to their mixed fleet, including 14 HIAB hook loaders, nine skip loaders, and five box vans. “Historically, the company has had a fantastic relationship with Volvo Trucks,” says Luke Taylor, senior transport manager at Bywaters. “Even though the company runs a mixed fleet, Volvo has always been our preferred manufacturer because, in our experience, it produces great products that the drivers love.”
The 14 Volvo FE HIAB hook loaders range in size from 18 to 26 tonnes and feature 7.7-litre Volvo D8K320 engines that offer 320 horsepower and 1,200 newton metres of torque, as well as 12-speed I-Shift automated transmissions. The nine 18-tonne Volvo FL 4x2 skip loaders have 7.7-litre Euro 6 D8K engines that produce 280 horsepower and 1,050 newton metres of torque. Both of those groups have rear power take-off (PTO), electronic stability program (ESP), and an electronic braking system (EBS).
The 18-tonne Volvo FE 4x2 box vans are equipped with Anteo cantilever tail lifts and feature 320-horsepower D8K engines that can take advantage of alternative fuels. They also have a front air suspension, lane departure warning system, and forward collision warning. The skip loaders and box vans all come with five-year Dynafleet fleet management subscriptions.
Emphasis On Safety
The safety features found in Volvo’s FE and FL models were major selling points for Bywaters. “Because we are FORS Gold compliant, we had to ensure we had the correct safety equipment on board,” says Taylor. “This meant components such as four-way cameras, but also the under-run protection, which was also included on the vehicles. With the forthcoming ULEV standards, we wanted to make sure the whole fleet was fully compliant and we also have to think about the Direct Vision Standard and its associated requirements.”