Andyfreight is enjoying a welcome increase in fuel efficiency from its latest Mercedes Actros trucks, with the Black Country haulier adding another three tractor units to the six supplied by Midlands Truck & Van last year.
The haulier will be taking delivery of a further eight trucks in the spring.
With average fuel economy of 11.27 mpg, even Andyfreight’s previous generation Actros are half a mile per gallon ahead of its trucks by two other manufacturers, while a single unit from a third brand trails a lot further behind.
Andyfreight commissioned its first six Actros from the current model generation in 2020 and despite being fitted with conventional mirrors rather than the acclaimed MirrorCam system, those trucks have consumed significantly less diesel and are returning 11.9 mpg.
Economy helped by the MirrorCam digital mirrors
Now, the new MirrorCam-equipped Actros are delivering economy of 12.03 mpg, helped by the MirrorCam digital mirrors – Mercedes Trucks estimates by up to 1.5% – with reduced wind resistance from the compact and streamlined camera housings.
The trucks’ impressive fuel efficiency and popularity with their drivers, coupled with Midlands Truck & Van’s aftersales support, explain why Andyfreight is replacing other vehicles with more Actros.
Operations manager, Dan Harris, confirmed: “We are certainly favouring Mercedes at the moment, not least because the Actros is so competitive in terms of overall lifetime costs.
“We don’t tend to run at maximum weights but on a like-for-like basis it’s a lot better on fuel than any of the other trucks we’ve tried, particularly the new model with MirrorCam.”
Flexible and cost-effective nationwide haulage
Established by managing director Andy Pountney with a single 3.5-tonne pick-up in 1986, Andyfreight provides a comprehensive portfolio of flexible and cost-effective nationwide haulage, distribution and warehousing services to customers large and small.
The company has been running Mercedes trucks for more than 30 years, some of the first being pre-owned examples that it purchased from the manufacturer’s Wentworth Park facility, near Barnsley.
Once its remaining seven new Actros are in service, Mercedes will account for two-thirds of Andyfreight’s 35 tractor units.
The firm also runs five 18-tonne curtainsiders with sleeper cabs and tail-lifts, every one of which wears a three-pointed star.
‘I can see every HGV being mirrorless’
Mr Harris said: “We live in a world where everything is advancing, and you have to be at the forefront of technology if you want to remain competitive. I can see every HGV being mirrorless before very long.
“The drivers certainly got to grips with MirrorCam very quickly and they’re very positive about it now.
“Reversing is a lot easier and by removing that blind-spot Mercedes has made a massive contribution towards safety. The fact that the cameras also help to save fuel is an added bonus.”
Andyfreight’s Actros are inspected and maintained for the first two or three years of their lives under Mercedes Complete Service Contracts and Mr Harris said: “The support we receive from the team at Midlands Truck & Van’s Wolverhampton workshop is superb.”