Bretts signs up to five good years
Goodyear has signed a contract with warehousing and distribution specialist Bretts Transport to supply its 246-strong fleet with Fuelmax Gen-2 tyres for the next five years.
The deal includes tyre management via Goodyear’s Truckforce brand. All of the tyres will be fitted with RFID tags for identification and use tyre management and tracking systems, which the manufacturer claims increases efficiency and, due to the tracking element, serves as a deterrent to thieves.
According to Goodyear, the Gen-2 tyres are quieter, improve mileage by 10% and all-weather capability by 10% compared to the previous generation Fuelmax rubber.
“We have a large fleet of premium vehicles, and we aim to provide consistently high levels of service to our customers to enable them to grow with us,” said Bretts managing director, Simon Brett, “this partnership with Goodyear will enable us to continue with that, minimising down time and keeping us where we need to be for longer – on the road.”
Earlier this month, the tyre manufacturer also announced it had become the lead sponsor of the Promoter’s Cup category of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, which will subsequently be renamed the Goodyear Cup. The category, which has existed since 2017, is dedicated to upcoming drivers.
Scania launches series production range of electric trucks
Scania has launched its first series production range of electric trucks, consisting of full-electric (right) and a plug-in hybrid (left).
Offered in both L- and P-series rigid guises, Scania’s e-trucks are aimed squarely at urban applications. The full-electric trucks are driven by a 230kW motor, which is the equivalent of 310hp (2,200Nm). They are offered with a choice of 165kWh or 300kWh battery packs, depending on the operator’s requirements. One battery is located in the former engine tunnel, while the remaining four (165kWh) or eight (300kWh) batteries are placed along the chassis rails.
Range is dependent on a number of factors, including application, weight and topography, but Scania says in 300kWh format, a distance of up to 250km can be achieved on a single charge. With five batteries, the range is reduced to a maximum of 130km. It takes 55 minutes to charge the five-battery truck from zero to 80% capacity, while the eight-battery vehicle requires a further 45 minutes. In addition, the batteries are continuously charged on the road through regenerative braking energy.
Scania’s plug-in hybrid trucks, combine a regular 9-litre combustion engine (280hp–360hp) with an electric driveline. They utilise a 115kW electric motor, powered by three batteries with a combined capacity of 95kWh. The charging time from zero to 80% is approximately 35 minutes, and additionally they are charged on the move via regenerative braking. They can travel up to 60km in full electric mode, allowing the driver to switch from diesel to electric mode when entering an urban environment.
“Incorporating hybrid trucks into hauliers’ fleets is doubtless the simplest way of gaining experience of operating electric vehicles,” said Scania GB’s UK sales director Vincente Connolly. “Acting as a bridge between the different technologies, hybrids enable operators to gradually expand their fleets to include a greater proportion of electric vehicles. As clean air zones become more prevalent, they will also open up opportunities for operators based around cities looking to travel in for work.”
Scania’s president and CEO Henrik Henriksson, said a succession of further launches in other sectors will follow on an annual basis. “Of particular significance is that in a few years’ time we will also introduce long-distance electric trucks adapted for fast-charging during drivers’ compulsory 45-minute rest periods," he confirmed.
- To learn more about Scania’s e-trucks, pick up a copy of Commercial Motor (on sale Thursday 17 September.