Engen has taken another step towards reducing its carbon footprint and meeting the needs of its current and future customers after adding 17 new Euro 5 vehicles to its bulk transport fleet.

The 17 technologically-advanced Volvo vehicles, as well as 14 new semi-trailers vehicles, were officially handed over at the company’s Johannesburg Terminal at Langlaagte on 3 March 2020.

Engen is passionate about the safety of its Bulk Truck Operators and other road users, which is why continual investment is made in our road transport fleet, says Adnan Adams, General Manager: Supply Chain.

“While the new vehicles enable us to deliver superior customer service to our retail and commercial network, and by extension to keep South African motorists and industry moving, it is exciting to see our business evolving and meeting the environmental challenges we are faced with,” adds Adams. 

The new vehicles will play a part in ensuring Engen maintains a responsible Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) presence as they come fitted with advanced engine technology which helps reduce emissions.

Sharveen Maharaj, Engen’s Head: Logistics and Distribution says ensuring the safety of the company’s drivers and reducing road related incidents is top of mind and a key focus. 

“Advanced technology such as road sign recognition software is able to detect overtaking restrictions, road type and speed limits,” says Maharaj. 

“Distractions are therefore minimised with easily-viewable information displays, which increases the driver’s ability to perform efficiently, safely and comfortably.”

Engen currently operates 35 vehicles that meet Euro 5 standards, all with reduced emissions technology. 

The 17 new Volvo vehicles offer I-shift automated mechanical 12-speed gearboxes, an electronic fail safe overfill system, and product retainer sensors, as well as brake interlocks to prevent the vehicle from driving away whilst still attached to loading hoses.

Adds Maharaj: “We continuously assess new technology to improve agility, reduce costs and respond to environmental changes in our Supply Chain.

“These new vehicles will ensure that we deliver safely, on time and in full and will thus ensure that our customers receive the best possible service, with our increased fleet utilisation, and faster loading and offloading times.”  

Concludes Adams: “As a forward-thinking company, it is Engen’s imperative to ensure that we are well positioned to meet the needs of our current and future customers, as well as other key stakeholders over the longer-term.”