EWD Recycling, a waste management firm in Colchester, Essex, has purchased four new Volvo FMX heavy goods vehicles from Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia. The 8x4 rigid day cabs, comprising two tippers and two hookloaders, have joined EWD’s primarily Volvo 30-vehicle fleet. The company provides waste disposal and recycling service, both on and off-road, to industrial and domestic customers.
“Our drivers absolutely love the Volvos,” says EWD Manager Danny Cook. “We need vehicles which can cope being worked hard in this kind of environment and we get very good uptime from our FMXs.”
A Reliable Quartet
EWD Recycling’s 32-tonne FMXs are equipped with Boweld steel tipping bodies or Hyva hookloader bodywork and drawbar couplings. Each uses a Volvo D11K diesel engine that’s compliant with Euro 6, Step D emissions standards. The D11K produces up to 430 horsepower (320 kilowatts) and up to 2,050 Newton-metres (1,512 pounds-foot) of torque in the 1,000 to 1,400 rpm range. The four Volvos all employ a smooth, efficient 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission and feature a programmable night heater.
EWD also secured a three-year Volvo Silver Contract, paid monthly, for preventive maintenance and driveline repairs. “On the rare occasion something needs looking at, we can drop a vehicle off at our local dealership at the end of the day, and know it will be sorted by morning,” said Cook. “We can’t afford a truck off the road, and it’s this level of service which keeps us coming back.”
The Volvo FMX
The heavy-duty FMX can be built for a gross combination weight (GCW) of up to 150 tonnes. Its updated front air suspension can carry up to 10 tonnes on a single front axle and 20 tonnes on a double. The FMX also features a 38-tonne bogie axle, and its I-Shift gearbox can be specced with crawler gears.
Features of its brand-new cab include bigger windows, a new steering wheel with neck tilt, and an optional passenger-corner camera. Raised A-pillars supply an extra cubic metre of space. Better thermal and sound insulation improves the comfort level inside the cabin, as does a new sensor-regulated climate control with a carbon air filter. The driver can control the fully digital instrument panel by voice commands, buttons on the steering wheel, or the 12- and 9-inch displays.
An electronically controlled brake system, hill descent control, and a road sign recognition system come standard. Options include Adaptive Cruise Control, Volvo Dynamic Steering, Lane Keeping Assist, and Stability Assist.