Volvo Trucks & Delhivery come together for a unique Tractor-Trailer combination for Express cargo


Volvo Trucks and Delhivery came together in an enriching virtual conference for shedding light on a unique Tractor-Trailer combination for Express Cargo.

Delhivery and Volvo have come together to test and deploy, an articulated Volvo FM420 4×2 solution for express operations, addressing challenges of speedy delivery and cost efficiencies of services.  

The Tractor-Trailer combination is primed to revolutionise the industry by delivering efficiency and productivity which is more than double compared to the current range of Tractors in the India

These custom built solutions will enhance the efficiency of the Express cargo movement through trailers of higher capacities of around 93 cum, maintaining an average running of over 20 hours a day and 3,00,000 km in a year.. The logistics industry needs trucks that will set benchmarks in vehicle uptime, reliability, load carrying capacity and running km per year, to meet the demands of the e-commerce business. With the changing ground realities, the logistics industry is gearing up for new opportunities, which will revolutionize the long haul transport industry.

In line with the Governments ambition of reducing the logistics cost of the country, Volvo will work towards better solutions that will render faster turn-around time, higher uptime of the trucks, safer and comfortable trucks that will enable the driver deliver increased productivity.

“Turn-around and efficiency is the focus in these trucks. When you have a high performance, highly reliable and driver-friendly truck, it brings out the best man machine performance. The Volvo FM420 solution has a  comfortable cabin along with a superior clutch free driveline, that enables effortlessly driving for about 20 hours with a set of drivers. Telematics ensures that exhaustive data is captured, analysed and correction happens through out the trucks journey. The reduced delivery time helps customers to fulfil their business goal of delivery to their customers in the shortest possible time, substantially reducing order cancellations. Thanks to the clarifications from MORTH we can use Interchangeablity on Trailers which can further accelerate higher productivity. We are building a vital link in the logistic chain. We have seen productivity improving by up to 20%. ”

~Vinod Aggarwal, Managing Director & CEO, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd

He further added “We would also like to compliment MORTH for the recent GSR on RoadTrains which will be a game changer for India. Volvo Trucks are pioneers in road trains and have a vast global experience and we hope to improve the logistic efficiency of the country while maintaining safe standards.”

“I’m proud to announce that as we emerge from this pandemic stronger, we are building some of India’s largest trucking terminals at key locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, while expanding and upgrading our own fleet and bringing in more partner fleets. Our partnership with Volvo and the first deployment of Tractor-Trailers in Express Trucking is a significant step towards “Getting Future Ready”.

~Sahil Barua, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Delhivery

“India has caught up with the global standards of transport efficiency and the time is now. Countries like China and a few other south-east Asian countries, which were similar to India, few years ago, changed from rigid trucks to high performance and higher capacity tractor trailer concept. We at Volvo Trucks will continue to lead innovations in products and services thereby raising the bar further.”

~Per-Erik Lindstrom, Senior Vice President – Volvo Trucks International

The Express Trucking Scenario

Delhivery today operates one of the largest surface fleet networks in the country across 17,500+ pin codes and 2300+ cities, towns, and villages every day. With this customised design solution, Delhivery and Volvo have come together to test and deploy in India, an articulated solution for express operations, that address the critical challenges of speed and cost of services.  This fleet covers over 20,000 Km per vehicle per month, which is significantly higher than industry benchmarks and our own network average. We cannot overstate the importance of safety when it comes to trucking.

It will also lead to fewer vehicles on the road, lesser fuel consumed to ship cargo, and, subsequently, a lower cost of shipping for the end customer.

The event was also joined by Ranjit Radhakrishnan,Vice President- Sales, Volvo Trucks India, VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd and Arun Bagavathi, Head-Network Design, Delhivery

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