Truck fleet renewed
Latest generation of vehicles in use – The LGI regularly renews its own fleet in Europe, which currently consists of 300 towing units with 430 semi-trailers or trailers. This is mostly used for transport tasks as part of integrated contract logistics concepts.
As part of the ongoing renewal of units, 48 tractors and 35 trailers were recently procured. The investment volume is around 6 million Euros. The tractor units are Mercedes-Benz Actros Lowliners of the latest generation, which, in addition to the latest technology, are equipped with comprehensive safety features such as turning assistants, traffic sign recognition and active brake assist. “Road safety and the satisfaction of the drivers are important to LGI. So we were happy to invest additional costs in equipping the vehicles. This pays off in the increased safety and satisfaction of the drivers ”says Jens Lietzmann, Head of Fleet Management at LGI. In order to achieve a positive environmental effect, an Iveco LNG tractor has also been in use for Germany-wide long-distance transport since the beginning of the year. As the experience so far has been consistently positive, further tractors with this alternative energy type are to be used in the short term.
Mega-liners from Fahrzeugwerke Bernard Krone with a usable interior height of 3 meters were purchased for the trailers. Here LGI is now consistently relying on the variant with a neck height of only 50 mm, which consistently meets the legal height requirements in the train combination. Zvonko Rezo, Regional Forwarding Cluster Manager at LGI, says: “This means higher buying costs, but gives the drivers, the LGI as the vehicle owner and also the customer the security of complying with the height requirements of the legal regulations”.
All trailers are equipped with the latest telematics technology from Wabco. In addition to the obligatory vehicle tracking, data on the tire pressure is also sent to the central telematics portal, so that any deviations can be dealt with directly. Increased and premature tire wear and a higher fuel consumption resulting from an incorrect inflation pressure are thus considerably reduced.
Author. Thomas Bogner