Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Large New Truck Order for European Road Haulage Outfit

Fuel Efficiency, Safety and Driver Comfort Major Factors
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LITHUANIA – EUROPE – The expansion of the European Union over the past decade or so has led to a radical change in road haulage in the region. One of the countries which has benefited most from extra transport carriage throughout the EU is Lithuania and evidence of this was confirmed this week by the latest big order for HGVs.

One of Lithuania’s leading hauliers is Girteka Logistics and the company, which runs 8,000 trucks utilising 15,000 drivers, has decided to invest in no less than 2,000 of the latest generation Volvo FH trucks. The company operates via a vast distribution network in Europe and Russia.

Volvo Trucks recently launched a completely new range of heavy duty trucks, including its flagship for long distance transport, the Volvo FH. Among the updates are a new driver interface, optional adaptive high beam headlights for increased safety, and improved fuel efficiency and Girteka says fuel costs, safety and driver comfort are top priorities.

In addition, the latest I-Save version has been shown to cut fuel costs by up to 10%* Of the 2,000 new trucks ordered by Girteka a big part will be I-Save trucks. Edvardas Liachovičius, CEO of Girteka Logistics explained:

“We have tested the Volvo FH with I-Save and discovered the big fuel saving potential, which is good for both the business and for the climate. The new Volvo FH optimises uptime and fuel efficiency, and at the same time offers the driver a great working environment. With this investment we will contribute to increased safety on the roads and also cut emissions, due to the outstanding fuel efficiency. We are very happy to partner with Volvo Trucks on the journey towards zero accidents and reduced environmental impact.”

Girteka Logistics has historically been financing most of their Volvo trucks using Volvo Financial Services and the majority of the 2,000 trucks included in the new deal will follow the same structure. Production start of Volvo Trucks new heavy duty range is set for March 2021 and the vehicles will be delivered during the year. The company sees the investment as a logical continuation of an excellent 15 year long standing relation between the companies, an opinion that Volvo Trucks certainly shares, with Roger Alm, President Volvo Trucks, commenting:

“We have had a long and fruitful relationship with Girteka Logistics and are very proud of their decision to invest in our new state-of-the-art heavy duty trucks. This new generation of trucks cuts emissions and takes efficiency and driver experience to even higher new levels. I look forward to working together with Girteka Logistics on the way towards more sustainable transports, in all aspects.”

* The difference in fuel consumption is computed by comparing the costs of diesel and AdBlue for I-Save: the new generation of Volvo FH with D13TC Euro 6 step D including the long haul fuel package, with the classic Volvo FH with D13 eSCR Euro 6 step D without the long haul fuel package. The actual fuel economy varies according to many factors, such as the driver’s level of experience, use of cruise control, the vehicle specifications, vehicle load, actual topography and weather conditions.