Volvo FH tractors have right ingredients for Apetito04 June 2019

Food supplier Apetito has taken delivery of its first Volvo vehicles, acquiring six new FH tractors as part of a three-year fleet replacement programme for trunking operations.

The operator supplies food to the health and social care sectors, delivering to hospitals, care homes and community service providers across the UK, and the new vehicles are based at its main distribution centre in Portbury, Bristol.

Jon Jackson, the operator’s training, safety and logistics manager, says: “All our vehicles operate out of Bristol, but they will go as far as Motherwell and many points in between. As such we undertook extensive research, including a three-week loan of an FH-500 for fuel benchmarking, before settling on Volvo.”

Supplied by dealer Truck and Bus Wales and West, the 6x2 fixed pusher axle, medium height tractors units are equipped with front steel, rear air suspension systems.

Powered by a D13K Euro VI engine producing a maximum of 494bhp, the 3,900mm wheelbase units also feature 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems and Globetrotter XL Cabs.

The high-spec cabs feature leather trims, electrically-controlled air conditioning systems and height-adjustable, foldable top bunks.

The vehicles are expected to clock up 200,000km a year and are supplied on three-year Volvo Gold R&M contracts.

Laura Cork

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