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United Utilities adds two Volvo FMX tractor units to its fleet

United Utilities has added two new FMX 6x4 tractor units to the growing number of Volvos on its fleet.

United Utilities has taken delivery of two new Volvo FMX 6×4 tractor units with sleeper cabs, for operation with bulk tipping trailers on the bioresources side of its business.

Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, the new model FMX trucks benefit from the latest cab design offering superior comfort, agility and durability, with distinctive V-shaped LED headlamps with headlamp protectors, new anti-slip footsteps and a striking digital dashboard display.

Warrington-based United Utilities has a strong relationship with the Swedish manufacturer and its long-established local dealer, having bought Volvos since the late 1980s. 

The two 6×4 tractors join an influx of Volvo trucks recently added to its 350-strong HGV fleet, including two FMX 8×4 tippers.

“Vehicles work on five-year asset management periods”

United Utilities’ regional logistics and industrial cleaning manager, Martin Shaw, said: “Our vehicles work on five-year asset management periods, so when it was time to refresh our contracts, we share our vehicle specifications and requirements with all the major players in the industry. 

“Volvo has been awarded the contract for the past two renewals as its vehicles have consistently proven to be the best fit for our operation.”

He added: “Through Thomas Hardie Commercials, Volvo has an excellent dealer support network in the North West, something we haven’t always experienced with its competitors.”

The new FMX tractor units – powered by Volvo’s D13K engine generate 500 hp and 2,500 nm of torque – are paired with bulk tipping trailers manufactured by Wilcox Commercial Vehicles and are being used to transfer sewage sludge to farmland across the UK.

Trucks are covered by a Volvo Gold Contract to guarantee maximum uptime

Operating up to six days a week, the trucks are covered by a Volvo Gold Contract to guarantee maximum uptime, with servicing and maintenance to be carried out at Thomas Hardie Commercial’s Warrington dealership. 

The double drive tractor units benefit from an innovative tandem axle lift, which enables drive to the rearmost axle to be disengaged and lifted clear of the ground – which is ideal for United Utilities’ line of work.

Inside the new FMX cab, United Utilities has specified a range of features focused on safety and the vehicles benefit from an Active Safety+ pack that contains driver support systems designed to improve driver comfort and enhance safety in demanding traffic situations. 

This includes adaptive cruise control with emergency brake assistance, lane changing support radar system, driver alert support, Volvo Dynamic Steering, automatic trailer brake activation and stretch brake which kicks in to help prevent jack-knifing when driving downhill on a slippery, winding road.

Volvo’s 12-inch fully dynamic and high-resolution digital instrument display with a user-friendly interface allows the driver to easily see important information and select between four different screen views, depending on the driving situation. 

A separate 9.0-inch touchscreen side display provides drivers with access to infotainment, navigation assistance, transport information and camera monitoring.

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