Suffolk-based Bartrum Group has added a further 20 tractor units from the latest fifth-generation Mercedes-Benz Actros range to the 11 it commissioned late last year.
Supplied by the group’s local Mercedes-Benz dealer, Orwell Truck & Van, this major investment reflects the strong position in which the family-owned haulier is emerging from the pandemic, and its determination to “future-proof” its fleet.
Standard features include MirrorCam, the replacement for conventional mirrors, the Active Brake Assist 5 emergency braking system with its enhanced pedestrian recognition capability, and updated Predictive Powertrain Control with more functionality for improved fuel economy.
All 31 trucks were also specified with the optional, interactive version of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ radical, twin-screen Multimedia Cockpit. In addition to an upgraded 12in central display, this offers extra functionality.
Features include the Mercedes-Benz Truck App Portal, an open platform that enables fleet managers easily to assign apps to individual vehicles, which drivers can then see and use to increase efficiency and comfort.
In addition, Bartrums will also pilot Fleetboard’s automatic tachograph mass memory and driver card download services.
Bartrums operations director, Tremayne Johnson commented: “The Bartrum Group is committed to new technology, and the benefits it offers in terms of increased efficiency, environmental compatibility and safety. We’re keen, therefore, to explore the potential benefits of innovative features such as the Truck App Portal and automatic tachograph downloads.
“Today’s Actros is clearly the most advanced truck on the road, and the feedback we’ve received from drivers since we set our first on the road last year has been resoundingly positive.”
The Actros trucks purchased by Bartrums over the last six months are powered by 12.8-litre, in-line six-cylinder engines that produce 330 kW (450 hp). Most are 2545 models and now in service with two business units: one is Bartrums Haulage & Storage (BHS), the other Bartrums Road Services (BRS), which is the Group’s dedicated palletised distribution arm – its tractor units make collections and deliveries during the day, then trunk nightly to the Pallet-Track hub in Wolverhampton.
However, nine of the new trucks, including eight from the latest batch, are 2544 variants with small-wheeled mid-lift axles.