After putting a used Volvo FH into service for 18 months, aggregate firm Elliotts (Cheltenham) decided to upgrade to a new version of the truck. Elliotts also worked with Adam Barnard, Transport Solutions Executive at Truck and Bus Wales and West, to ensure the 6x2 tractor unit was as light as possible without compromising on driver comfort, performance, or resale value.
“Every kilo counts in our line of work and we really wanted to get the maximum payload possible from the new truck, so we worked with Adam to make it as light as we could,” says owner Nick Elliott. “It’s worked out even better than we expected.”
The pusher axle on Volvo’s FH Lite can be lifted to save fuel when not needed and the entire installation is up to 490 kilograms (1,080 pounds) lighter than a conventional 6x2 model. Elliotts’ Volvo FH Lite is built on a 4,000-mm (157.5-inch) wheelbase and benefits from an I-Shift automated transmission. The FH Lite is powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, which produces 403 kilowatts (540 horsepower) and 2,600 newton-metres of torque for pulling power in the yard, as well as a fuel-efficient, comfortable driving experience. Elliotts says that “When combined with our aggregates trailer, the FH can carry around 30 tonnes, which is excellent for this type of work.”
More On The Volvo FH
Winner of the International Truck of the Year in 1994, 2000, and 2014, Volvo’s FH has a lengthy and successful history. New Volvo FH models include features like I-Save help to reduce fuel consumption and improve torque in long-haul operations. The newest iteration of I-Save not only improves fuel efficiency by 10% over the standard FH, but also marks a 3% improvement over the 2019 iteration. At the core of the Volvo FH is a 13-litre Volvo D13TC Euro 6 Step D engine that produces between 460 and 540 HP (343 and 403 kw) and from 2,600 to 2,800 N-m of torque.
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