J G Pears (Holdings) Limited, the Penistone, South Yorkshire-based animal by-product renderer and renewable energy investor, has switched to Scania following extensive comparative Euro 6 fuel trials which saw the marque emerge as a clear leader. As a result, 21 Scania R 450 trucks will enter service with the company this year.
“Our fuel trials were conducted over a route we run twice a day between Newark, Sleaford and Newant in Gloucestershire,” comments J G Pears Group Logistics Manager Andrew Bostock. “We trialled each truck repeatedly over this relatively easy-terrain route with the same two drivers to eliminate any bias or road condition variations. In short, the Scania R 450 obliterated the competition by returning 10.2 mpg.
Each truck in the new fleet will be equipped with Scania’s 450 horsepower Euro 6 engine. Requiring Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) only to meet the emissions standard, these power units form part of Scania’s highly fuel-efficient third generation of Euro 6 engine range.
Plated at 44-tonnes gross train weight, the trucks in this order are all 6×2/4 twinsteer tractor units with the exception of a single skiploader drawbar rigid. The tractors will each cover up to 300,000km per annum hauling J G Pears’ fleet of bulk tipping trailers on the firm’s 24/7 nationwide transport operation.
In addition to its animal by-product rendering activities, J G Pears is involved in the manufacture of tallow and animal feeds. The company is also active in the renewable energy arena and is currently developing a multi-million pound combined heat and power plant at its Low Marnham, Newark facility. The energy produced here will fuel the company’s on-site rendering operations, with excess power being fed into the national grid.
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