ACFS Port Logistics has purchased ten Fuso Shoguns as part of its Fleet Renewal Program.
The Fuso trucks will be used in single, B-double and sideloader applications alongside ACFS’ large Mercedes-Benz HPV fleet which was also purchased through Daimler.
ACFS Port Logistics National Fleet and Compliance Manager, Alan Guest, told Prime Mover the new 460 horsepower Shoguns would replace the fleet’s ten-year-old UD trucks.
“They’ve been the backbone of ACFS, but they’re old and are getting up to one million kilometres. So, it’s time to replace them with new equipment,” he said.
“We’ve already got 65 Daimlers with 50 more ordered and a further 50 on the boat, so at the end of the day, we’re going to be Daimler-orientated as they’re our preferred vehicle.”
ACFS receives two Fusos and two Daimler trucks every month, and according to Guest, they’ve put an order in for 74 more which will see two arrive every month for the next three years.
“I did a forecasting of our needs and presented that to Daimler and they made it happen,” he said.
“So that’s why we lay in good stead for the future, and why we’ve had a good supply of vehicles for the last year and a half.”
The new Fusos come with full safety packs including cameras on the front and rear of the truck as well as one in the cabin facing the driver, and MTData telematics inside the prime movers.
ACFS Port Logistics has ramped up its commitment to reducing carbon emissions, with the Fleet Renewal Program focusing on trucks that are Euro 6 emissions standard — like the new Shoguns.
This effort will see ACFS replace its Euro 5 trucks with a new Euro 6 fleet.
“ACFS is continually looking for new innovative technologies designed to reduce its carbon footprint,” ACFS said in a statement.
“A substantial part of our fleet will be comprised of Euro 6 vehicles.”
Guest said he has found the Euro 6 Daimler trucks to be very fuel efficient, with the Shoguns being a favourite among drivers.
“The fuel efficiency is quite good, we’re getting near double of what we get out of other trucks, so it’s been very good,” he said.
“We love the Fusos and the drivers love them too. We’re all happy with them. They’re a nice truck and they are a good fit.”