Newcastle-based K&S Freighters recently purchased eight new Scania G 500 trucks for transporting alumina and coke “from the port to the Tomago Aluminium smelter 20 kilometres away,” according to Scania. Each of the prime movers will run two 12-hour shifts, six days a week. The Next Truck Generation (NTG) G 500 models will haul TEFCO B-double tippers; K&S opted for single 400-litre fuel tanks and shorter day cabs to reduce each vehicle’s tare weight. Other highlights include 13-litre, six-cylinder engines that produce 500 horsepower, LED headlights, and refrigerators in the day cab.
Emphasis On Safety
All of Scania’s NTG models come with a wide range of safety features, such as the 4100 Retarder, which Scania says gives operators “additional safety margins when hauling 64.5-tonne grosses, while simultaneously extending service brake wear intervals.” This emphasis on safety extends to the TEFCO trailer, which features an electronic braking system that “integrates with the Scania system,” the company adds. K&S also added reversing and dash cameras as well as geofencing and navigation capabilities.
“In line with K&S Freighters focus on safety, the Scania NTG was already a prime candidate, thanks to its unique side curtain rollover airbags and the plethora of passive and active safety systems such as adaptive cruise control and advanced emergency braking, fitted as standard to all of our NTG range,” says Steven Alberse, fleet sales manager for Scania Australia.
So Far, So Good
While reliability and performance were important factors in choosing the Scania G 500, K&S Freighters also considered driver acceptance when making the purchasing decision. “The driver response so far has been excellent with a high degree of acceptance for the G 500, and a good level of understanding of how to extract the best performance combination of low fuel consumption and safe on-road driving, in sometimes very heavy commuter traffic,” Alberse says.