Asda will be operating Volvo trucks at its distribution centres in the south and south east of England for the first time after ordering 244 tractor units and six rigids through dealer Crossroads.
All vehicles are scheduled to be handed over and integrated into the Asda fleet by Christmas and Volvo and Crossroads are working to integrate the new vehicles into the Asda fleet.
Asda’s national transport manager Gary Bannister said: “This process is of crucial importance as, for the first time, Volvo trucks will be operating out of our distribution centres in the south and south east of England as well as the north which forms part of our continuing and award-winning strategy towards greener food miles and sustainability.”
The retailer conducted a four-month assessment that included an evaluation of fuel consumption. In addition to being compared to competitors’ trucks, the programme also evaluated the fuel economy of the Volvo 11-litre engine against the 13-litre.