Samworth Brothers Supply Chain has introduced the first LNG-powered trucks into its fleet, following a four-week trial with a demonstrator provided by the local Volvo Trucks dealer.
The move sees the logistics arm of the chilled specialist take delivery of six new Volvo FM LNG tractor units with Globetrotter cabs, each meeting Transport for London’s three-star Direct Vision Standard (DVS) rating.
Supplied by David Beecroft, Regional Key Accounts Sales Manager for Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, the new trucks will be double-shifted and operating 24/7, covering up to 250,000 km per annum and expected to remain on the fleet for just over four years.
Dave Alexander, Transport Manager for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, says: “Running on biomethane allows us to make a significant and immediate reduction to the carbon footprint of these vehicles versus the diesel models they replace. It’s a great move for the business and just the start of our LNG journey.”
Commenting on the decision to specify the FM, versus the bigger FH cab, he adds: “For the routes these trucks will be operating on we believe the FM is the best package on the market and is built for excellent visibility. Being three-star compliant also helps us to future-proof our fleet; it is due to be the minimum requirement for Greater London from 2024, plus there’s always the potential this could extend to other cities we deliver to as well.”
Volvo has achieved the impressive visibility with its next generation FM cab thanks to large windows, narrower and raised A-pillars, lowered door lines and excellent side mirrors.