Bradford-based Expect Distribution recently made the decision to return to Volvo trucks after a hiatus of more than 10 years and added six new FH 6x2 tractor units to their 140-vehicle fleet. The company was impressed with the fuel efficiency of the vehicle which bested those of four other manufacturers the company considered.
About The Volvo FH
All six of the new trucks have Globetrotter cabs and are powered by Volvo’s D13K engine, rated for 500 horsepower (373 kilowatts) and 2,500 newton-metres (1,844 pounds-foot) of torque. The Volvos will be used five to six days a week on a variety of distances and are expected to cover 140,000 kilometres (87,000 miles0 per year. Expect Distribution spec’d the FH tractors with Volvo’s 12-speed I-Shift automated gearbox with the long-haul fuel package and I-See predictive cruise control. The Globetrotter cabs have the single-bed living package, a 33-litre fridge mounted under the bunk, and an enhanced interior finish for operator comfort.
“It is great to have reignited our previous relationship with Volvo,” says Andy Taylor, director of transport at Expect Distribution. “The vehicles come with some strong claims relating to fuel and uptime and that was backed up by the demonstrator. Now we are looking forward to putting them through their paces in our busy operation. These new vehicles are all highly spec’d in line with our aims to provide the best-suited equipment that we can to our drivers. The feedback we’ve had already has been great. The drivers have been absolutely delighted with them and have already started to ask when we are getting some more!”
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