XPO Logistics, a leading global provider of supply chain solutions, today confirmed that it will purchase tractors, trailers and rigid vehicles for its UK contract logistics network as part of its previously announced 2017 capital plan. The equipment will be outfitted with class-leading efficiency and safety technologies.
The new fleet will include 84 Euro 6-compliant tractor units and 16 rigid vehicles, all with visibility cameras and in-cab telematics, and 78 trailers built to European road containment (ENXL) standards. The high-specification trailers incorporate state-of-the-art bed-to-bed strapping systems and telematics. Once the new units are in operation, the company expects to have approximately 1,747 vehicles and 3,144 trailers in its UK contract logistics network, primarily dedicated to specific customer contracts. XPO’s total fleet in the UK exceeds 4,800 vehicles.
Malcolm Wilson, managing director of European supply chain for XPO Logistics, said: “Our commitment to state-of-the-art, environmentally sound transportation is at the heart of our service to customers. This investment in modern, class-leading vehicles will also ensure that our drivers continue to have the latest in comfort and safety technologies.”
XPO’s focus on safety and fuel efficiency is reflected in its equipment choices. In-cab telematics capture data on driver and vehicle performance, which are then used in training. The camera system is designed to give a driver total visibility by feeding video to a dash-mounted monitor. Real-time tracking of the fleet’s carbon footprint will provide the basis for continuous improvement.