Bradford-based family-run operator PD Bannister has taken delivery of seven Volvo FH with I-Save.
The FH 460 Globetrotter 6x2 tractor units are the first of 12 Volvo trucks due to arrive at the business over the next 12 months and will be joined by three identically specified FH with I-Save as well as two Volvo FH 540s that will arrive this year.
Chris Smith, fleet compliance manager at PD Bannister, said: “We run a variety of manufacturers and were a bit disappointed by the performance of some of our non-Volvo tractors in recent years, so when the time came to refresh those vehicles, Volvo was the first name on our list.
“Our vehicles cover a lot of miles, so – as our new trucks’ specification reflects – minimising fuel consumption is a must. We’re already seeing strong returns from our new arrivals, and we’ll certainly look to welcome more Volvos in the future.”
Supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus, the new trucks, as part of the I-Save package, have Volvo’s I-See predictive cruise control system which analyses and adapts to gradients in the road ahead, as well as I-Cruise with I-Roll, which adjusts speed to further optimise fuel consumption.
“The I-Shift was a big selling point for us, and to date it has been absolutely stellar – our drivers have nothing but praise for it,” added Smith. “It gives a lovely smooth drive, making for a very satisfying and fuel-efficient driving experience.”
The trucks have also been specified with Volvo’s Visibility+ and Drive+ packages and have been wrapped in PD Bannister’s blue and yellow livery.
The new trucks will run seven days a week hauling foodstuff and beverages as part of the company’s recently expanded contract with Princes Soft Drinks.