Slam Transport had stopped buying Volvo Trucks for over six years. A persistent sales person, namely Rory Kelly, Transport Solutions Executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia must have had a significant role to play in getting one of Volvo’s new FH with I-Save demonstrators into the business.
After trialling the truck, Slam Transport decided the time was right to order no fewer than ten 4×2 tractor units for their 225-stron truck fleet. They are all additional vehicles to support business growth.
The Coventry-based business selected the FH with I-Save after recording great fuel economy and driver feedback from the demonstrator.
The Volvo FH460 Truck Specification with 12.6MPG
The new trucks benefit from Volvo’s D13TC Euro-6 Step D engine, rated to 460 hp, with turbo-compounding and updated fuel-efficiency features. This allows them to drive at lower revs and a higher gear for a longer time, contributing to a smoother, quieter and more fuel-efficient journey.
Danny Gould, Transport Manager and a partner at Slam Transport, says: “Our priorities when selecting new trucks are safety, reliability and fuel efficiency, and the Volvo ticked all the boxes. Plus, the FH has proven to be a hugely popular choice with our drivers.
“The majority of our work is moving parcels between Amazon e-fulfilment centres, which means lightweight payloads, but extremely tight deadlines – leaving little room for downtime. Since we put the new FHs into service they haven’t skipped a beat and are averaging 12.6mpg. It’s still early days on fuel, but it’s an impressive start versus our fleet average.”
Dealer Support is Important
Gould adds: “The support we’ve had from Volvo Trucks at every stage has been superb, right from the initial enquiry through to getting our drivers quickly up to speed with the new I-Save technology. Fuelwatch Manager Andrew Wright has been fantastic, helping our drivers to unlock the full capability of the new trucks and record some impressive fuel scores in a very short space of time.”
The new fleet has been supplied through Volvo Financial Services and is backed by a Volvo Gold Contract, the manufacturer’s highest tier service contract. This will see all routine maintenance undertaken by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia – Coventry, which is located just seven miles from Slam Transport’s base.