McPherson of Aberlour, the well-known Scottish logistics providers and long- established Volvo Trucks customer, has taken delivery of the UK’s first Volvo FM LNG tractor units, both of which are ADR specified for transporting distillery by-products to Scotland’s Central Belt.
Supplied by Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, the 6×2 pusher axle Lite tractor units are powered by Volvo’s G13C engines, which drive I-Shift automated 12-speed gearboxes. The FM Sleeper Cabs are equipped with full aerodynamic kits.
Driver feedback on the new Volvo LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vehicles has also been positive. “We ran a comprehensive pre-delivery training session before practical learning on refuelling methods and vehicle familiarisation. The drivers love the new FM LNGs and many more of our driving team are keen to try the trucks. Refuelling is generally quicker than a conventional diesel truck and the operating range will permit us to get in return trips to Scotland’s Central Belt.”
“We are double-shifting the new FM LNG trucks seven days a week,” reports Managing Director Martin Brown, adding, “At present the two are transporting distillery by-products, but they are both equipped to full ADR specification for bulk spirit movements. Our company ethos is to constantly push the technology boundaries to offer McPherson customers the very latest sustainable logistics solutions. The FM LNG vehicles fit that aim.”
“Both FM LNGs are covered by a four-year Volvo Service contract, which will be carried out at either the Aberdeen or Inverness dealerpoints,” Martin added.