Phillips 66 has replaced 70% of its total road tanker fleet with 32 new MAN, Scania and Merc vehicles. The vehicles conform to Euro 6 emissions standards thus delivering lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency, among a number of other benefits.
Mary Wolf, managing director of Phillips 66 UK & Ireland Marketing, commented: “Our new upgraded tanker fleet reflects our continued commitment to driver safety and operational efficiency. These state-of-the-art vehicles offer the very latest in vehicle technology and driver comfort helping to minimise the risk of vehicle incidents as well as minimise environmental impact.”
Dave Rowlands, technical services director at hauliers Wincanton, said: “The recent introduction of these vehicles into the Phillips 66 fleet has enabled Wincanton Fuel Contracts to strategically introduce alternative vehicle marques into different locations within this specialist sector.
“In addition, we are evaluating alternative maximum speed limiter settings and trimming top gear RPM to determine if further CO2 reductions can be achieved over and above those the Euro 6 technology delivers. Further improvements in fuel efficiency are anticipated as part of this fleet change.
“We consider the inclusion of Lane Departure Warning Systems and Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems to be a further positive step in reducing road traffic incidents. Our drivers also welcome the extra space, comfort and storage the specified sleeper cab models provide.”
Dan Bauckham, director of engineering at Suckling Transport, another major Phillips 66 haulier, added: “Our new vehicles (both MAN and Scania) conform to Euro 6 emissions standards which means lower emissions and improved fuel efficiency. All the new vehicles are fitted with the latest OBC (on board computing) hardware, which is linked to each vehicle’s telematics and has touch screen technology.
“These are also linked to a forward-facing camera which enables us to instantly access any footage when the cameras are activated, without the need to download the camera physically. It also includes remote tachograph downloads for the vehicle data. We believe that we are the first operator using this new hardware.”