Harrisons Transport has taken delivery of five new Volvo FH 460 trucks with I-Save tractor units, and each is equipped with Globetrotter XL cabs.
The order was placed after the Preston-based business averaged 11 mpg with its first batch of Volvo’s ultra-efficient turbo compound engine trucks, which have been in service since 2019.
The impressive fuel performance has led to the haulier ordering five more Volvo FH trucks with I-Save tractors.
Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, two of the new 6×2 FHs will be paired with refrigerated trailers and used to move temperature-controlled products across the UK, while the other three will be used for container work.
Volvo’s D13TC Euro-6 Step D engine
Each of the trucks feature Volvo’s D13TC Euro-6 Step D engine, which benefits from turbo-compounding and additional fuel-saving features to reduce fuel consumption without compromising driveability.
The engine delivers an additional 300Nm of low-down torque to boost journey times.
Lee Harrison, the owner of Harrisons Transport, said: “The fuel returns we’ve seen from these Volvo turbo compound engines are very good.
“We originally took on eight back in 2019 and they’ve averaged around 11mpg, which we are very happy with.”
He added: “We work our trucks hard; the three on container duties will be covering around 130,000 km each year, and the two pulling reefers will be more towards 200,000 km per year with the drivers working four days on, four days off.”
Volvo I-Save package
The Volvo I-Save package is designed to perform best in long-haul operations and with the turbo compound engine, the trucks will use Volvo’s I-See predictive cruise control, which analyses and adapts to gradients in the road ahead.
The system also uses I-Cruise with I-Roll, which adjusts speed to optimise fuel consumption.
The five new trucks are backed with Volvo Gold Contracts to guarantee maximum uptime, with servicing and maintenance to be carried out at Thomas Hardie Commercials’ Preston depot.
Globetrotter XL cabs are a big hit
The Globetrotter XL cabs are a big hit with Harrisons Transport’s team of hard-working drivers.
Each cab has been specified with a Twin Bed Living package, with reclining lower bunk, luxury heated driver’s seat, 33-litre under-bunk mounted fridge/freezer, and audio and media package, including DAB radio and nine-inch side display with touchscreen.
The vehicles also come with Volvo’s Drive++ package to improve the working environment further.
Mr Harrison said: “The drivers love the cabs. We like to take care of our staff and there’s no doubt that these new Volvos are very comfy trucks for them to be out on the road in.”
All five FHs are decked out in the haulier’s striking blue livery and are fitted with Alcoa Dura-Bright alloy wheels.
Harrisons Transport is a well-known haulage company in the North West and operates a high-class fleet of vehicles and specialises in temperature-controlled transport, container haulage and ambient delivery work.