The company’s double-decked multi-temperature trailers will be powered by the electronic generator that is driven by the tractor unit engine, rather than separately by the trailer’s diesel generator.
It is anticipated that the purchase of the new tractor units will result in an eight tonne per annum reduction of CO2 emissions, and the new Euro VI tractor units are also more fuel-efficient than the Euro V models they are replacing.
The trio of Volvo tractor units are in addition to the three new 18-tonne rigid Volvo trucks with engineless refrigeration systems that James Hall & Co. Ltd took delivery of in June 2021.
A further investment in a greener fleet is planned for later in 2022 and into 2023 with the delivery of the company’s first refrigerated fully-electric articulated trailer as well as further tractor units and rigid trucks with lower carbon emissions.
Ian Farnworth, fleet engineering manager at James Hall & Co. Ltd, said: “We’re delighted with the new Volvo tractor units, and they are valuable additions to our fleet.
“Given that they are amongst our longest-distance vehicles delivering six days a week across the North of England, their improved efficiency and performance will make a considerable difference to our carbon footprint.
“It is an exciting period for the fleet here at James Hall & Co. Ltd as we accelerate our sustainability plans, of which, our fleet of delivery vehicles are a major part.”
The company serves a network of 600 independent SPAR retailers and company owned SPAR stores six days a week.