Haulage firm invests in six new vehicles to drive up fuel efficiency and attract staff

Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz tractors. Pictured are FreightForc

Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz tractors. Pictured are FreightForce managing director Nick Jolley, centre, with director Martin Halliday, right, and Orwell Truck and Van sales executive Tony Simmons. Picture: Freightforce. - Credit: Archant

A haulage firm has invested in six new trucks as it looks to drive up fuel efficiency across its fleet.

Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz tractors. Picture: Freightforce.

Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz tractors. Picture: Freightforce. - Credit: Archant

Norwich-based FreightForce has commissioned six new Mercedes-Benz vehicles, after a demonstration model achieved up to 13 miles per gallon (mpg), said managing director Nick Jolley.

'Even when pulling a full 26 tonnes that truck was well into the 10s, which put it a good mile ahead of our 15-plate, Swedish-built trucks.

'Our fleet average is 8.5 mpg so an improvement of this magnitude will represent a very tidy saving indeed.'

The six Actros 2545 models join FreightForce's mixed-marque fleet of 36 trucks and 48 trailers, and were supplied by East Anglian dealer Orwell Truck & Van.

FreightForce was founded in 1998 and has recently undergone a management restructure. Mr Jolley said the investment was a signal to staff that they were valued.

He said he hoped the investment would not only help retain existing staff but also make the company more attractive to new recruits.