K Group's successful truck pilot will be extended – two new HCT trucks to reduce emissions and improve efficiency for transporting goods

K Group will begin using two new HCT trucks, which will be used to improve food transport efficiency for the grocery trade in Finland and reduce emissions caused by the transports over the long distances travelled in the country. K Group Logistics is actively seeking new ways to reduce the carbon footprint and improving the machinery is a central method for reaching that goal.

HCT trucks (High Capacity Transport) is an internationally standardised term for longer or heavier combinations used in road transport that are not categorised as special transports. K Group started its HCT truck pilot in 2015 when it took delivery of a 34-metre HCT truck to transport food between Kempele and Vantaa. The goal of the pilot was to seek out new solutions that would reduce emissions from logistics, reduce the number of vehicles in road transport and improve the efficiency with transporting goods.

As an extension of the successful pilot, the new 31-metre HCT truck starts operating between Turku and Vantaa in March and another matching truck will begin operating in Ostrobothnia later on.

– Our experiences with our first HCT truck have been excellent. Both the transport and emission costs have been reduced and the pilot has demonstrated that large units can also be used to operate safely and reliably throughout the year in Finland’s varying conditions. With two new HCT trucks, we are able to further reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of long-distance transports, says Jussi Hytönen, Logistics Manager from K Group Logistics.

The new HCT trucks are 31 metres long and they can carry 30 per cent more goods than an ordinary truck. The new HCT trucks have been sized so that they are able to make food deliveries directly to K-Citymarket stores, in addition to their transports between the terminal and central warehouse. The tractors for the trucks are made by MAN. The MAN TGXs selected as the tractors for the trucks have been carefully configured to have appropriate dimensions, power trains and equipment to meet the requirements of HCT combinations. Their 580-horsepower D38-type motors put out high torque in a very wide rpm range.

– When peak torque (2,900 Nm) is reached already at 900 rpm, fuel consumption and the environmental load remain low. Even though the trucks have four axles and are both wide and relatively long, the steering rear axle guarantees agility of the vehicle, says Olli Ronkainen, MAN Business Director at VV-Auto Group.

There are currently 43 HCT trucks operating on Finnish roads, three of which belong to K Group.

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