Coventry-based Slam Transport said Volvo had ticked all the boxes after ordering 10 FH with I-Save 4x2 tractor units.

The deal marks the first time in more than six years the company has chosen Volvo for its fleet, which revolves largely around moving parcels between Amazon e-fulfilment centres.

It said it chose the FH after being impressed with their fuel economy, as well as positive driver feedback, from a demonstrator supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia.

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Danny Gould, Slam Transport’s transport manager, said the vehicles’ work involved lightweight payloads but also very tight deadlines, leaving little room for downtime: “Since we put the new FHs into service they haven’t skipped a beat and are averaging 12.6mpg,” he said.

“It’s still early days on fuel, but it’s an impressive start versus our fleet average.”

Earlier this month, Slam Transport acquired a 6.5-acre site near York to act as a foothold for haulage opportunities in the north of England.

The haulier bought the land from Montracon for an undisclosed sum and also ordered 100 new trailers from the manufacturer.