XPO Logistics, a leading provider of freight transportation services, is taking delivery of 76 Volvo FM trucks to be used exclusively on the company’s contract with building materials supplier, British Gypsum.
The new 6×2 tractor units will play a crucial part in the two companies’ commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future – 23 of the trucks are Volvo FM LNGs running on Bio-LNG (liquified natural gas).
The other 53 FMs will be fuelled with HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oil).
As a result, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be reduced by about 90% versus diesel tractors, with a total network reduction of 30%.
Vehicles come equipped with spacious Globetrotter cabs
All the vehicles come equipped with spacious Globetrotter cabs and they all meet Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating.
The managing director of XPO Logistics, Dan Myers, said: “British Gypsum and XPO have built a true partnership based on shared values, with a clear focus on safety and sustainability.
“This is underpinned by our exploration of further innovations that can significantly improve environmental performance.”
He added: “Our investment in a fleet powered by Bio-LNG and HVO technologies demonstrates the importance we place on helping British Gypsum move towards net carbon zero.”
FMs will deliver building supplies to a broad customer base
As a key part of British Gypsum’s single, integrated transportation network, digitally managed by XPO, the Volvo FMs will deliver building supplies to a broad customer base and will transport stock and materials – including plaster, plasterboard and high-performance drylining systems – between five manufacturing plants.
The head of distribution at British Gypsum, Brian Fisher, said: “Our new fleet of vehicles underlines our commitment to ensuring that our products are delivered to customers in an efficient, secure, safe and sustainable way, whilst further improving welfare standards for our drivers.
“The latest investment signifies yet more progress as we continue on our journey to being net carbon zero by 2050 and highlights our continued commitment to the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) status.”
Expected to clock up 150,000 km each year, the FM LNGs will refuel at Gasrec’s flagship site at Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).
Diesel to initiate ignition of the air-fuel mixture
Volvo’s LNG trucks normally use small amounts of diesel to initiate ignition of the air-fuel mixture and the G13C engine delivers 460 hp and 2,300Nm of torque as its diesel-only counterpart, with similar driveability, reliability and service intervals.
However, in the trucks used by XPO, the small amounts of diesel will be replaced by HVO – achieving the same performance with even fewer carbon emissions.
A key aspect of the fleet order was the driver-centric focus of Volvo’s latest version of the FM, which enhances the driver environment with innovations that deliver a higher level of comfort, safety and productivity.
The interior of the Globetrotter cab features a new dashboard offering more storage space, new colours and a modern, dynamic digital display.