K1 Logistics gets its first ever Volvo trucks

South Wales-based K1 Logistics has taken delivery of its first-ever Volvos.

Six new FH 460s with I-Save Globetrotter 6x2 tractor units have already found their way onto the fleet with two identical trucks set to follow.

Kurt Evans, K1 Logistics’ MD said: “When it came to refreshing our fleet, we wanted a model that looked good out on the road, that would make our drivers’ lives easier, and that outshone everything else on the market. The early indication is that our new FHs more than fit the bill; our drivers literally don’t have a bad word to say about them.”

K1’s new FHs are fitted with Volvo Trucks’ I-Shift automated gearbox and I-See predictive cruise control which the company tested while trialling a demo truck from Volvo Truck and Bus Wales and West.

”Reduced carbon footprint and improved operational efficiency are two goals that rarely go hand-in-hand, hence why we were so impressed with the results the I-Save, I-Shift, I-See package combination produced,” Evans said.

“During our trial, we saw significant fuel savings which we project could yield a £10,000 annual cost saving per truck compared to the older vehicles we have on the fleet. When we tested an alternative unit from another manufacturer it simply could not come close to those figures,” he added.

All eight units have been bought outright and are backed by a 24-month Volvo Gold Contract to guarantee maximum uptime. The units will cover around 120,000km each per year working five to six days per week throughout their expected five years on the fleet.