Focus on the driver when investing in new trucks

7 mrt, 2017

Den Hartogh has invested in 100 new Euro 6 trucks, 51 of which will be produced by Volvo and 49 by MAN.

When choosing a brand and type of truck, the requirements of the market, the intended use of the vehicle (regional versus international), the unloading equipment, the weight and the fuel consumption are of course all considered critically. However, in particular the comfort offered to the drivers in their daily work has been considered.

 

 

International vehicles

One of the specific wishes of the international drivers, for instance, was a cooling system, supplementary to the current heating system, that also works when the truck is standing still: referred to as 'night cooling'. All international vehicles are now equipped with this as standard. Large cabins, additional storage space, a refrigerator, good storage options for unloading equipment and supporting safety systems were also specified as wishes. All 83 international trucks - Volvo FH (Globetrotter cab) and MAN TGX (XLX cab) - meet these requirements.

 

Image cabine of Volvo FH Globetrotter

 

Trucks for intermodal transport

Of the trucks ordered, 17 are Volvo FM / MAN TGS that Den Hartogh wants to employ for intermodal transport (regional trucking). The Volvo FM (LXL cab) and the MAN TGS (LX cab) are lightweight and therefore can transport an optimum payload. Nevertheless, the largest cab that was available for the vehicles concerned was chosen.

 

All new trucks, in a way similar to those ordered earlier, are fitted with all of the available safety options to support the driver. A few of them are described below.

 

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC is an intelligent form of cruise control that slows down and speeds up automatically to keep pace with the car in front of you.
  • Lane Departure Warning system. This is a mechanism designed to warn the driver when the vehicle begins to move out of its lane (unless a turn signal is on in that direction).
  • Lane Change Support. This system checks the blind spot of the truck when the driver wants to change lane. It informs the driver if a vehicle is present in the blind spot that he/she cannot see.
  • Efficient Cruise/ I-see. The gearbox software uses GPS to recognise the current position of the vehicle and, more importantly, it anticipates approaching inclines and declines. This can reduce fuel emissions.
  • Dual-Clutch gearbox. Den Hartogh will carry out a trial of Dual-Clutch gearboxes (dual plate clutch). Using dual plate clutches eliminates the time taken to change gear, therefore, the truck always has the correct torque available. In tank transport, keeping the liquid in the tank stable can certainly contribute to reducing fuel consumption, increasing driving comfort and the average speed (of course while not exceeding the maximum speed).

 

The first trucks will be delivered in Belgium this month (March 2017). The expectation is that all of the trucks will have been delivered and will be on the road by October 2017