Toll launches new A-double for Primary Connect

Toll's new A-double.

Toll Group has unveiled a new A-double dedicated to servicing Primary Connect, the supply chain arm of Woolworths.

The combination, which is pulled by a Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658, will be operating primarily between new distribution centres in Wyong and Kemps Creek in New South Wales.

Toll expects the high productivity vehicle will travel up to 12,000km a week.

The Euro 6 Mercedes-Benz Actros prime mover is powered by a 580hp engine offering a maximum of 2800Nm of torque.

It also features lane departure assist, proximity control assist, Active Brake Assist 5, Stability Control Assist and Attention Assist.

The Active Brake Assist can perform a full brake application in emergency situations.

The truck is operating with the Seeing Machines Gen 1 Guardian DSS Fatigue and Distraction Monitoring Systems, Teletrac Navman telematics which has the ability to operate an electronic work diary and on-board scales which are connected to the Knorr-Bremse suspension on the trailers.

MaxiTRANS designed and built the trailers while the roadtrain dollies come from Krueger.

The combination falls under PBS Level 2, and is approved to 79.5 tonne.

“The A-double handles exceptionally well both on the highway and on suburban roads,” a Toll spokesperson told Prime Mover.

“The trailers track extremely well considering the length of the combination and this is also helped by the Knorr-Bremse suspension system. It takes up considerably less space when cornering than first thought. The truck pulls the combination easily and is a comfortable ride.

The Mercedes-Benz Actros 2658 haș often been deployed on B-double combinations for the fleet in the past.

Manoeuvrability, at least after an initial assessment, has proven exceptional in negotiating corners and roundabouts.

Toll is eager, once it collates more data, to appraise its performance pulling a fully loaded A-double as it pursues cost effective transport solutions for its customers.

“High productivity vehicles will assist our customer in a more efficient way and will help to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment leading to a more sustainable logistics solution,” said the Toll spokesperson.

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