Renault Trucks T Highs remain driver favorite for Fifth Gear Transport

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Fifth Gear Transport has bought three new Renault Trucks Range T480 Highs, which will sport the refrigerated logistics specialist’s new livery. Specified as 6x2 tractor units, they’ve been equipped to act as flagships to head up its 38-strong fleet.

Each has a double bunk, air-suspended heated and ventilated driver’s seat, a 40-litre quiet fridge and a microwave. All have Renault Trucks’ Optidriver automatic gearbox paired to the French manufacturer’s DTI 13 engine which produces 2,400Nm of torque.

The Ipswich-based company’s decision to opt for Renault stems from past experiences with Premium and Range T gearboxes, as Fifth Gear Transport’s operation manager Dave Warburton explained: “As well as being fantastic all-round motors, the transmission is the best on the market. Gear selection is quick and smooth – it just makes for a more comfortable drive.”

Supplied by Norfolk Truck & Van on three-year repair and maintenance contracts, the firm finances its fleet in a number of ways including spot rental or contract hire deals, while some are simply bought outright.

“We opted to go for the repair and maintenance deal because the Norfolk Truck & Van team understands the business and always get the work done. This leaves us with nothing to worry about if something happens,” Warburton added.

Since hitting the road in Fifth Gear Transport’s new white and turquois livery, the Renaults have been achieving good economy figures Warburton said, with each one “getting between 8.5mpg and 9.2mpg on container runs out of Felixstowe”.

However he admitted that there are four Euro-6 Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units also on Fifth Gear Transport’s fleet, one of which is the new generation with MirrorCams, which “regularly get around 9mpg to 10mpg”.

Despite the slight disparity in the figures, Warburton and his drivers still back the T Highs: “The trucks are working five days and nights a week on long distances all across the UK. The T High, with its flat floor, delivers a spacious and comfortable home-from-home environment specifically – our drivers are absolutely delighted!”    

Plug into electric potential for your urban deliveries at Freight in the City Expo on 6 November

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If electric delivery vehicles are the focus of your visit to this year’s Freight in the City Expo on 6 November in London, then you will be spoilt for choice in our exhibition zone.

If you’re needing advice and information on whether electric vehicles will work for your operation or the best routes to use them on, then help is at hand.

Over in our Knowledge & Compliance Zone will be the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and Transport for London’s LoCITY teams, which will be able to answer your questions about trying your first electric commercial vehicle.

You’ll also be able to hear the results of an exciting trial of electric vans on last-mile delivery routes in the capital run by the Greater London Authority and Gnewt Cargo.

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While specialist software and telematics systems can provide detailed data based on your own fleet requirements when it comes to working out if electric is the right fit for you.

Basemap will be at the show demonstrating its Electric Vehicle Routing Software and offering a three-month free trial of the system.

LEVL Telematics will also be on hand to explain the benefits of the global GEOTAB platform and its electric vehicle telematics and connected camera system with partner SureCam.

And if you are simply want to explore the vehicles first-hand and chat directly with manufacturers about their potential use on your fleet, then there will plenty to choose from.

Bradshaw Electric Vehicles distributes a wide range of all-electric utility vehicles, people carriers, tow tractors, load carriers, walkalong tugs and bin trailers- ideal for municipal operations. The company is the sole UK distributor for Goupil, which builds the G4 and G5 models homologated for road use and available in 11 standard configurations.

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Iveco will be bringing along its new Daily Electric van and cab with a range up to 200km in urban conditions thanks to its flexible electric battery configuration with up to three units and new EcoPower driving mode.

Over on the Mercedes-Benz Trucks stand you’ll be able to explore the 7.5-tonne all-electric FUSO eCanter, which is already in operation with major UK operators including DPD, Wincanton and Hovis.

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While Renault Trucks will be showcasing its new ZE Master panel van, which forms part of a full all-electric vehicle range aimed at urban distribution.

Essex-based Tevva Motors will have a large presence at the show to demonstrate the potential of its range-extended electric trucks technology, which has recently been adopted by parcels firm UPS in its Birmingham and Southampton fleets.

Volvo Trucks will be highlighting the significant city benefits of its FE-Electric, which is designed for zero-emission refuse collection and urban distribution duties and has a range up to 125 miles.

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And you can also find out more about Volta Truck’s exciting new driver-centric, electric truck concept soon to be launched to market.

Freight in the City takes place at Alexandra Palace on 6th November. It’s completely free to attend and combines an exciting urban distribution exhibition with a packed seminar programme.

Freight in the City is the must-attend event for anyone involved in making urban logistics cleaner, safer, quieter or more efficient. This free event is taking place at Alexandra Palace, London on 6 November. Click here for more information and to get your free tickets.