Western Fuel has added its first two new Volvo FL 4×2 rigids to its 26-strong tanker delivery fleet.
The new Volvo tankers replace older vehicles at the Bridgwater-based business and will be used to deliver kerosene, diesel and gas oil to a wide customer base across the South West.
Supplied by Truck and Bus Wales and West, the two 18-tonne FLs are backed with an eight-year Volvo Gold Contract repair and maintenance agreement, guaranteeing the best possible uptime.
Western Fuel’s transport manager, Lewis Hook, said: “Traditionally we have always opted for a rival manufacturer, but after researching the market closely we decided to go for the FLs this time and the trucks certainly haven’t disappointed.”
‘Lightweight chassis allows us to maximise payload’
He added: “We knew Volvo was a robust and reliable product – which is exactly what we need – and the lightweight chassis of the FL allows us to maximise payload.
“The new Truck and Bus Wales and West depot in Bridgwater is right on our doorstep and, after some initial conversations, we were really impressed with what they could offer us.”
Powered by Volvo’s D8K engine, producing 250hp and 950Nm of torque, the two FLs are fitted with tank bodies from Road Tankers Northern.
The new vehicles will cover approximately 35,000km per year and will be used to transport bulk deliveries of fuel to the company’s domestic and commercial customers.
‘Vehicles are working in rural areas’
Mr Hook said: “We have four depots across the South West, and the vehicles are often working in quite rural areas.
“Manoeuvrability and robustness are important and the Volvos really deliver on both fronts.”
He added: “The team at Truck and Bus Wales and West created a fantastic all-round offer. We tend to run our trucks on an eight-year replacement cycle, and the fact they were happy to cater for us with the 96-month Gold Contract just shows the confidence they have in the product.
“It’s a huge weight off our shoulders, as we know the trucks are covered for their full life on our fleet.”
Volvo FL trucks’ day cabs
The Volvo FL trucks’ day cabs feature a lower window on the passenger door to improve vision for the driver, plus a suspended, adjustable shock absorber driver’s seat, with lumbar and heat controls to improve comfort.
The driver also gets DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
Mr Hook said: “The drivers are very happy. They tell me the Volvos feel far more solid than the trucks they were in before – and are very comfy, with a quality interior and fantastic power delivery.”
The Volvo FL is a small, medium-duty truck that offers dependability and is very agile.
The truck maker says is the perfect choice for city deliveries on routes with lots of stops and starts-it can also be adapted for rougher conditions too.