Exel is using 16 new Volvo FM12 6×2 push axle tractor units for its contract with Shell Bitumen. It is the first time that the third-party logistics provider has run the marque on this particular contract.
According to Rebekah Slater, marketing manager for Exel’s Special Products business, the vehicles were selected according to suitability for the location, strict Health & Safety guidelines, payload, performance and engineering support criteria.
With this in mind, the lightweight trucks feature a host of safety and comfort features including air bags, blind spot mirrors, reversing cameras and high visibility seatbelts. Nine of the FM12s are built to ADR standards, with the other seven conforming to UK petroleum regulations so the vehicles are compatible with the Shell Gas business. In order to maximise payload, the 420bhp vehicles have been built to a low kerb weight specification with lightweight mid-lift axles and aluminium wheels.
Although the trucks transport bitumen in specially insulated tanks, they feature both compressor and hydraulic discharge equipment, supplied by Hydraulic Discharge, for use with both bitumen and gas tanks, and facilitating multi-use depending on seasonal demand.
The vehicles are operating from Shell Bitumen’s Coryton depot in Essex across Southern England.