Supplied by Jason Brewin, transport solutions executive at Volvo Truck and Bus Centre South & East, the new vehicle joins the Aylestone fleet at Aggregate Industries’s base in Ashbourne. Backed by a 10-year three-star Direct Vision Standard permit, the truck will be used to haul slabs and kerbs into London.
The new Volvo FM benefits from a Euro-6 compliant Step E engine generating 540 hp and a peak torque of 2,500 Nm, bringing the vehicle in line with the customer’s existing five-strong Volvo FH 540 fleet. The FM is driven through Volvo’s automated 12-speed I-Shift gearbox, which is said to make driving safer and can also deliver improved fuel economy through timed gear changes.
Volvo’s Long Haul Fuel package, featuring I-See predictive cruise control is also onboard. It also features Volvo’s V-shaped LED headlights, which automatically adapt to ambient light conditions, rain sensing windscreen wipers and electrically heated rear view mirrors.
The intelligent safety setup includes forward collision warning with advanced emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane change support and adaptive cruise control systems.
The Volvo Connect fleet management tool allows the user to utilise vehicle insights through a digital interface while monitoring emissions, fuel usage and safety related data.
The new truck will be paired with an SDC trailer fitted with Aylestone’s first Palfinger crane and will be used for crane haulage work five days a week. It is expected to cover up to 100,000 km annually and is backed by a Volvo Blue Contract including all preventative maintenance.