Coventry-based Slam Transport recently added 10 Volvo FH tractor units with I-Save to its 225-vehicle fleet. It’s the first time the company has purchased Volvo trucks in more than six years. The 4x2 trucks are powered by Volvo D13TC Euro 6, Step D engines that produce 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 2,600 newton-metres of torque. They also feature Globetrotter sleeper cabs with lower fixed bunks, ample storage space, 33-litre refrigerator/freezers, and more.
As with Slam Transport’s other trucks, the primary role of these new FHs is to transport items between Amazon e-fulfillment centres, which are lighter parcel loads that need to be delivered in a timely manner. Because reliability and general performance are so important, the company uses Volvo Connect to monitor their vehicles. The FHs are also covered by Volvo Gold Contracts, with supplier Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia – Coventry handling routine maintenance. This is a convenient arrangement for Slam, as the dealerpoint is just seven miles from the firm’s headquarters.
I-Save Fuel Efficiency Improvements
“Since we put the new FHs into service they haven’t skipped a beat and are averaging 12.6 mpg. It’s still early days on fuel, but it’s an impressive start vs. our fleet average,” says Slam Transport partner and Transport Manager Danny Gould. “The support we’ve had from Volvo Trucks at every stage has been superb, right from the initial enquiry through to getting our drivers quickly up to speed with the new I-Save technology. Fuelwatch Manager Andrew Wright has been fantastic, helping our drivers to unlock the full capability of the new trucks and record some impressive fuel scores in a very short space of time.”
More Volvo FH Details
Winner of the International Truck of the Year in 1994, 2000, and 2014, Volvo’s FH has a lengthy and successful history. Volvo announced a new generation of Volvo FH tractors and rigids earlier this year, highlighted by the latest efficiency technologies and safety features. The FH16 is the new flagship in the heavy-duty truck lineup, featuring a six-cylinder 16-litre Euro 6 D16K engine that produces 550 to 750 hp (410 to 560 kW) and 2,800 to 3,550 N-m of torque. FH16 are available as tractors and rigids in axle configurations including 4x2, 6x2, 8x2, 8x4, and 10x4.
A wide selection of FH 13 and FH LNG tractor configurations are also available. Features like I-Save help reduce fuel consumption and improve torque in long-haul operations. Volvo FH trucks with Euro 3 and Euro 5 engines can also utilise Volvo Torque Assist to deliver fuel savings. Safety features like adaptive high-beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, downhill cruise control, and an electronically controlled braking system can be found throughout the new generation Volvo FH series.
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