Mercedes-Benz delivers double-digit fuel boost for Woodland 23 May 2019

Woodland Logistics is reporting a 10% improvement in fuel economy after implementing a driver training programme and equipping its Mercedes-Benz fleet with Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC) systems.

The Chelmsford-based operator runs a 100% Mercedes-Benz fleet of 138 trucks. Most are tractor units, although the line-up includes 34 rigids – a mix of 18- and 26-tonners.

The driver training and the vehicles are supplied by dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van.

Woodland decided to put Mercedes’ PPC system to the test 18 months ago, while simultaneously committing additional resources to its driver training programme.

“As a direct result of these initiatives we’ve seen typical improvements in economy of up to 10%, which clearly represents a very substantial cost saving,” says Sean Kirby, managing director.

“Our Actros tractors now typically return in excess of 10 mpg. That’s a very good figure, but what’s most pleasing is that rather than only being achieved by the very best drivers, we’re seeing it consistently, across the fleet as a whole.”

Laura Cork

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