The manufacturer of agricultural aids SpeedAgro acquired 35 trucks Volvo FH 540 6 × 4 tractor to be used as scalable, that is, up to 52.5 or 55.5 tons, depending on the semi-trailer, with the potential to also use them as bitrain of up to 75 tons.
“We chose this truck for the versatility it offers, which for us is key. While the decree for the circulation of bitrains in the province comes out, we will be able to work with the same vehicle scaled with a semi-trailer that will later be used as a 75-ton bitrain and, in addition, with the possibility of transforming it into a 4 × 2 ”. explained Victor Escalas, owner of SpeedAgro.
Volvo Trucks leads the 75-ton bitrain segment in Argentina with a 64% share. Within this segment it offers the emblematic FH 540 6 × 4 tractor, the only model on the market that is suitable for bitrain and can be transformed into a 4 × 2 by the disposition of its disengaging and lifting axle.
About Pablo Hurtado, Commercial Director of Volvo Trucks Argentina, stated: “It is a revolutionary technology that disengages and raises the second drive axle. The solution, indicated for transport operations that travel routes with a load factor close to 50%, is the most versatile and efficient configuration on the market. At Volvo Trucks Argentina we are the only ones who offer this technology and we do it in order to offer the carrier a more efficient product that adapts to the situation that it requires at all times, always offering maximum performance ”.
This innovation allows the last axle of the truck to be raised when it is running without load, thus reducing fuel consumption, tire wear and improving maneuverability.
“The incorporation of bitrenes was a desire of the productive sector, both in industry and in the countryside, among other things because they have a very high potential for cost reduction. The additional net load that a bitrain can carry can reach up to 80% more than in a configuration of a conventional 45-ton vehicle ”, Hurtado added.
Since August this year, all Volvo road trucks have been fitted with the highest active and passive safety systems as standard. Volvo FH 540s are equipped with airbag, EBS disc brakes, traction control, ESP stability control, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot sensor, lane departure alert, fatigue alert, hard braking and the advanced emergency braking system.