Woodland unveils expanding fleet
Woodland Group’s division Woodland Logistics placed an order with Mercedes Benz for 53 new trucks and vans.
The new trucks are part of Woodland’s ongoing vehicle replacement schedule with further vehicles added to facilitate the growth of the business during 2017/2018.
Woodland Logistics regularly refresh the vehicle fleet in order to stay abreast of new technology advances that continually play a part in benefits passed to their customers.
The new vehicles are mostly Mercedes Benz Actros and supplied by Sparshatts of Sittingbourne, Kent - the decision to opt for the new Euro 6 Actros was made easier by the introduction of the ‘Predictive Power Train’ control system.
The system integrates a driving style optimised for the route topography into the operation of the automatic transmission and, in conjunction with the precisely coordinated shift strategy, allows fuel savings of up to 5% to be achieved. Using satellite-based positioning technology and maps, Predictive Powertrain Control1) (PPC) identifies the course of the road and any downhill and uphill stretches ahead. The data provides the basis for the optimisation of the shift points, gear steps and the set cruise control speed. The kinetic energy of the vehicle is used as far as possible to avoid unnecessary acceleration, shifting or braking.
The addition of the active brake assist function, or ‘Proximity Control Assist System’ on the Actros which can detect obstacles driving ahead of the vehicle, warn the driver of dangers identified and, if necessary, carry out a full brake application to mitigate the severity of a possible accident and its consequences, reinforces Woodland Logistics’ focus and high emphasis on the safety of their drivers and the public at large.
The decision was made many years ago to introduce full CCTV to all vehicles providing full 360-degree coverage to both assist the driver with the everyday challenges that come with driving an HGV as well as to improve the safety of those around.
Woodland’s advanced technical systems include fully integrated vehicle telematics linked to their transport management system, as well as a live dynamic routing system that not only produces meaningful and instant KPI’s, but provides live tracking, vehicle ETA’s and E-POD’s.
The latest in wireless downloads for tacho graph and working time directive legislation assist Woodland Logistics in maintaining a healthy business for the long term.
The new fleet bears the new Woodland group livery which is bold and striking.
Woodland Group' fleet now stands at 250+ HGV’s with vision of further growth both organically and by or through strategic acquisition.