Volvo FH 500 6x2 tractor unit - Used Deal of The Day

Volvo FH 500

Today’s used deal from CM is this 65-plate Volvo FH 500 Globetrotter XL 6x2 mid-lift tractor unit, from Hanbury Riverside’s forecourt in West Thurrock.

This Swedish unit has been equipped with climate control, full leather seat trim, a fridge freezer, twin bunks, and the manufacturer’s Driver Plus package, which includes a leather steering wheel.

Having covered 477,877km, the FH still has plenty of its working life left too, as some tractor units are more than capable of reaching one million km before they retire from service. Its chassis features a sliding fifth wheel with run up ramps.

Available with Dynafleet telematics, the Volvo can be plated up to 65-tonne if needs be. For more information about the price, please contact Hanbury Riverside.

Daimler's trucks to be carbon neutral within 20 years

Daimler’s European truck range will be CO2-neutral by 2039, a move it will achieve by replacing diesel-powered engines with battery-powered and hydrogen fuel cell drivelines.

The company is already conducting on-road customer trials with its FUSO eCanter and Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks (pictured), and says these will be commercially available from 2022. Hydrogen-powered trucks will be in series production by the end of the 2020s, with trials beginning several years earlier.

But Christoph Behrendt, head of strategic projects at Daimler Trucks, stressed that for carbon-neutral drivelines to be a success, they will need to at least have the same total cost of ownership as diesel-powered trucks. This, he says, will be difficult if fossil fuels continue to be relatively inexpensive. With this in mind, he is calling for governments to incentivise the use of zero-emission drivelines.

But even with incentives in place, he warned that switching to CO2-neutral propulsion will make transport and logistics more expensive, and will lead to increasing prices. “We will need to adjust, both as an industry and as a society,” he said.