Volvo customises logistics trucks for Delhivery, claims 300,000km a year capability

by Sricharan R 20 Aug 2020

Volvo Trucks has partnered Delhivery, the logistics company, to introduce a tractor-trailer combination for its express cargo transportation in India. With this, the commercial vehicle manufacturer brings its FM 4x2 solution truck to the logistics sector. Volvo is launching the truck that runs on the European roads and have customised it for Indian conditions.

These custom-built solutions, according to the OEM, will enhance the efficiency of express cargo movement through trailers of higher capacities of around 93 cum, maintaining an average running of over 20 hours a day and 300,000km in a year.

Commenting on the new product, Vinod Aggarwal, MD and CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles, said, “Turnaround and efficiency is the focus in these trucks. When you have a high performance, highly reliable and driver-friendly truck, it brings out the best man machine performance. The Volvo FM 4x2 solution has a comfortable cabin along with a superior clutch-free driveline that enables effortlessly driving for about 20 hours with a set of drivers. Telematics ensures that exhaustive data is captured, analysed and correction happens throughout the trucks journey. The reduced delivery time helps customers to fulfill their business goal of delivery to their customers in the shortest possible time, substantially reducing order cancellations. With the clarifications from the Ministry, we can use interchangeability on trailers which can further accelerate higher productivity. We are building a vital link in the logistic chain. We have seen productivity improving by up to 20 percent. ”

In line with the government's ambition of reducing the logistics cost of the country Volvo says it will work towards better solutions that will render faster turnaround time, higher uptime of the trucks, safer and comfortable trucks that will enable the driver deliver increased productivity, the company said. The company claims the new FM 4x2 will revolutionise the industry by delivering efficiency and productivity which is more than double compared to the current range of tractors in India. The logistics industry needs trucks that will set benchmarks in vehicle uptime, reliability, load carrying capacity and running km per year, to meet the demands of the e-commerce business.

Sahil Barua, CEO and co-founder, Delhivery said: ”We are building some of India’s largest trucking terminals at key locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, while expanding and upgrading our own fleet and bringing in more partner fleets. Our partnership with Volvo and the first deployment of Tractor-Trailers in Express Trucking is a significant step towards "Getting Future Ready"

Per-Erik Lindstrom, senior vice-president - Volvo Trucks International, commented: ”India has caught up with the global standards of transport efficiency and the time is now. Countries like China and a few other south-east Asian countries, which were similar to India, a few years ago, changed from rigid trucks to high performance and higher capacity tractor trailer concept. We at Volvo Trucks will continue to lead innovations in products and services thereby raising the bar further.”