Builders’ merchants Frank Key has taken delivery of two new Volvo FL rigid trucks.

The fleet additions are FL 250 4×2 vehicles.

Specifically, the brand was chosen because of price and reliability.

The new Volvo FL 16-tonners were supplied by Hartstone Group.

They will be used for multi-drop deliveries across a number of regions.

For example, the crane-equipped trucks will head to Nottingham and Derbyshire.

In addition, they will also venture further afield to Yorkshire and Lancashire.

Neil Lunn, transport manager at Frank Key was delighted with the new Volvo FL trucks.

“We run trucks from three different manufacturers,” he explained.

“However, we selected Volvo this time due to the value for money they offer. 

“In addition, it is a good quality product, which doesn’t let us down. 

“Also, it is built to last.” 

Continuing, Lunn said the company cannot afford unnecessary downtime in their industry. 

“The trucks are ideal for what we need them for.” 

In other words, the two new Volvo FL rigids offer two-step entry and are powered by Volvo’s D8K engine. 

Impressively, that unit produces 250hp and a peak torque figure of 950Nm. 

Therefore, it requires fewer gear changes when on the move.

As a result, the FL is ideally suited for urban distribution. 

The FLs will be joined at the business by two bigger 26-tonne Volvo FEs. 

Meanwhile, Volvo has opened its first battery assembly plant.

Therefore, it is now more prepared for the switch to electric.

The plant will supply ready-to-install batteries for electric heavy-duty trucks.

Announcing the opening, Roger Alm, president of Volvo Trucks, laid out the company’s plans. 

“By 2030, at least 50% of all trucks we sell globally will be electric. 

“And by 2040, we will be a carbon-neutral company.”

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