NFT drives fleet benefits with 82 Renault Range Ts14 January 2019

Food and drink logistics operator NFT Distribution has taken delivery of 82 Renault Range T tractors with sleeper cabs, as part of its policy to boost safety, efficiency, fuel economy and driver comfort.

The trucks are the first to sport NFT’s new livery and follow the operator’s earlier deals with the marque for 20 Range Ts in 2017 for a contract with Sainsbury’s, and 32 Range T 6x2 tractors on 12-month rental with RH Rentals, the latter now extended for another 12 months.

All have performed well, according to NFT fleet engineer David Seaton: “They came out favourably on fuel and the reaction from drivers was good; based on their feedback we have further improved the specification for the new vehicles.”

Fuel economy was a priority and the latest Range Ts have been specified with the Fuel Eco Pack, which includes Eco Cruise Control with Optiroll, and Optidriver gearbox with automatic clutch and gearshifting.

“Renault Trucks’ full Optifleet package is excellent and provides us with comprehensive fuel data and, depending on the time of the year and delivery profile, we have been achieving impressive fuel consumption figures,” adds Seaton.

Safety features include lane departure warning, AEBS and the Anti-Runaway Automated Park Brake.

NFT has also specified extra features such as heated and air-suspended driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, one-touch electric windows, leather steering wheel with cruise and telephone control, and forward-facing cameras.

The operator has also upgraded its trailer fleet recently, with 40 tri-axle reefers from Schmitz Cargobull (see link below).

Laura Cork

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