Forterra drive sustainability with eco-fleet investment
Company adds another 30 Volvo trucks with ultra-fuel-efficient I-Save engines to transport fleet
FOLLOWING an investment of nearly £12 million into their fleet in 2021, Forterra have invested a further £8 million with the addition of another 30 Volvo trucks, bringing their total nationwide transport fleet to 200 vehicles.
Located throughout the Midlands and the North, the latest additions were carefully selected by Ian Wiles, Forterra’s fleet engineering manager, to deliver the best-possible fuel figures.
Explaining Forterra’s approach to the new vehicles, Mr Wiles said: ‘As a business, we are really keen to be trying to push the green button wherever we can. This is one way we can really try to have a positive impact. This purchase means that 90% of the delivery fleet consists of Euro 6 vehicles, something Forterra committed to as part of their sustainability pledge.
‘The new trucks use Volvo’s ultra-fuel-efficient I-Save engine, which has to be one of, if not the most fuel-efficient options available in the market. We’re also utilizing the latest driver coaching technology, which has already had a real impact on fuel efficiency.
‘But it’s not all based on the engine,’ said Mr Wiles. ‘Goodyear A-rated, low-profile tyres – which boost fuel economy and aid stability when the trucks are offloading – also help the end result.
‘Forterra are committed to doing the right thing environmentally. While we investigated other fuel options, we knew we were going to have to stick with diesel in the short-to-medium term, so we wanted to make sure we had the most sustainable and effective solution as possible.’