NFT adds 82 Renault tractors

Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK: NFT, part of EV Cargo, has put 82 Range T460 6×2 tractors with sleeper cabs into service.

The vehicles are the first in NFT’s new livery. The latest additions follow a deal 2017 when NFT began operating 20 Range Ts for Sainsbury’s followed by a further 32 Range T 6×2 tractors supplied on a 12-month rental agreement in partnership with RH Rentals.

As part of the latest deal for 82 vehicles, the contract for 32 vehicles has also been extended for a further 12 months.

David Seaton, fleet engineer, NFT, says: “We initially introduced 20 Range Ts with a view to gaining solid data and feedback from a number of vehicles within the operation. As these performed well and the drivers were happy we worked closely with Renault Trucks and RH Rentals to secure an additional 32 Range Ts, allowing us to further monitor driver engagement, network engagement, fuel performance and vehicle reliability feedback. They performed well, came out favourably on fuel and the reaction from drivers was good; based on their feedback we have further improved the specification for the new vehicles.”

Fuel economy was a key criteria for selecting the Range Ts, which have been specified for optimum fuel consumption with the Fuel Eco Pack that includes Eco Cruise Control with Optiroll, and Optidriver gearbox with automatic clutch and gearshifting strategy optimised for fuel efficiency. “Our nationwide operation demands vehicles with optimum fuel consumption. Renault Trucks’ full Optifleet package is excellent and provides us with comprehensive fuel data and, depending on the time of the year and delivery profile, we have been achieving impressive fuel consumption figures,” he says.

NFT has put 82 Renault Trucks Range T460 6×2 tractor units with sleeper cabs into service, the first with the company’s striking new livery

The Range Ts have intelligent driving systems for safety such as lane departure warning system, Advanced Emergency Braking System and the Anti-Runaway Automated Park Brake which prevents the risk of uncontrolled movements caused by human error when a truck is idling or static.

“Our commitment to safety, efficiency and protection of the environment is at the heart of our service to customers. This latest investment in our vehicle fleet ensures that our drivers and other road users are protected by the latest safety technologies, while delivering high standards of fuel efficiency with minimum environmental impact,” Seaton says.

Fitted with top of the range optional extras for driver comfort, the cab comes with heated and air-suspended driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, adjustable seat cushion extension, one-touch electric windows, ultimate leather steering wheel with cruise and telephone control as well as forward facing cameras for peace of mind.

“Our drivers have been positive, commenting on the comfort levels and that the Range Ts are very nice to drive. This latest order demonstrates our ongoing relationship with Renault Trucks and its Dealers, who have worked closely with us to understand our business requirements and our desire to operate to the highest standards of safety and efficiency.”

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