Hawkins Logistics Limited, a trucking company based in Rugeley, Staffordshire, recently added three new Volvo FH-500 trucks to its fleet, each with its own custom livery. One truck features the FH 25-Year Special Edition livery, while the other two share the same red striping, one having a white cab and the other in black. Hawkins also spec’d the vehicles with differing powertrain combinations in order to compare fuel efficiency figures and overall performance.
“Our three new Volvo FH tractor units all feature Globetrotter XL Cabs, Volvo D13K engines rated at 500 horsepower, and 6x2 pusher axle chassis,” says Paul Hawkins, managing director at Hawkins Logistics in Brereton. “We’re comparing Volvo’s standard I-Shift automated transmission system against an I-Shift Dual Clutch system and our previous drive axle ratio of 2.64:1 against the latest 2.50:1 ratio. For the trial, we’ll use Volvo Dynafleet Fleet Management System to compare all the data and the results will decide on our future truck specifications.”
Quick Growth & Driver Retention
Hawkins Logistics’ fleet, which is comprised of 80% Volvo models, has doubled in size over the past two years. The haulage firm plans to keep the newest FH trucks in operation for four years and hauling a variety of trailers. The Volvo FH is proving popular with the company’s drivers, many of whom have been with the company for years and appreciate the amenities and driver comfort features, especially when away on long trips. “To recognise this loyalty we always spec up the interiors with leather trim, fridge/freezers, microwave ovens, and televisions,” says Hawkins. “Driver feedback on the FH is also good.”
Always On The Road
Hartshorne Motor Services supplied the new vehicles, and all three are covered by four-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts. “We also get very good service from our dealers, Hartshorne Motor Services, who work hard to solve any issues quickly and efficiently,” says Hawkins. “They are also aware that we don’t have a spare truck in the depot, so the front line fleet must be kept working.”