TW Plummer opted for the I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission on its new Volvo FH 500 with I-Save 6x2 tractor unit.
The Burgess Hill-based haulier, which runs an entirely Volvo fleet, opted for this spec after achieving ‘huge fuel savings’ with an identical truck it put on the road in 2020. It had previously been opting for the 540hp engine, but made the switch after receiving advise from MC Truck & Bus truck sales executive Jack Nutley.
“After reading very positive reviews on the I-Save system we approached Jack to see if it would be suitable for our operation,” said Jonathan Walker, owner of TW Plummer. “Having now seen the rewards first-hand, it’s obvious why it received such glowing reports. We’ve monitored the fuel returns closely via Volvo Connect and we’ve been averaging around 9.5mpg over the past 12 months with the first turbo compound truck, which we were really pleased with. Over the course of a year, that adds up to huge savings for our business.”
The I-Save package combines the 500hp D13TC Euro-6(e) turbo compound engine with Volvo’s predictive cruise control I-See, and I-Cruise with I-Roll.
The haulier also specified Volvo’s Visibility+ package, which adds V-Shaped LED headlights which automatically adjust to ambient light conditions and electrically heated rear view mirrors. Additional safety features include lane departure-warning with lane keep assist and lane change support systems, and Volvo Dynamic Steering.
Creature comforts are abundant too, with the third-generation, family-run haulier ticking the Drive++ package on the options list. This adds a microwave and 33-litre fridge, heated, air-suspended driver’s seat and full leather upholstery to the Globetrotter XL cab.
Commenting on the Dual Clutch, Walker added: “Once you’ve driven the dual clutch gearbox you can’t go back. It gives you a faster, smoother gear change with no loss of power. The drivers love it.”
The truck, which is funded via a finance lease agreement with Volvo Financial Services and backed by a five-year Volvo Gold Repair and Maintenance contract, is expected to cover up to 140,000km annually.