A visit to last year’s Brisbane Truck Show gave one Queensland operator the inspiration he needed to pull the trigger on two new S-Way AS 550 prime movers.
While at the show, Revolution Haulage Queensland (RHQ) owner Scott Williams spotted the IVECO S-Ways of another well-known Queensland operator in full company livery and fitted with a range of accessories.
He decided to research the model’s specifications and chose the 6X4 AS 500 for his interstate refrigerated work, making IVECO the first European brand to make it onto his 10-strong fleet.
Williams started out as a driver and set up RHQ in 2015 after getting an initial opportunity to deliver goods for a company he was working for as a sub-contractor.
Since then his business has enjoyed steady growth and enjoys a great reputation, servicing a range of loyal customers.
Based in Coopers Plains, Williams’ new S-Ways operate in single trailer guise, hauling refrigerated goods from Brisbane south along the eastern seaboard and to Adelaide before returning to home base.
It’s a week-long journey for the drivers and over the duration they regularly travel more than 5,000 kilometres.
Considering the time drivers spend in the vehicles, Scott said cabin space and appointments were an important factor in selecting the S-Way prime movers.
“The S-Way AS has everything a driver would want, it has all the features and creature comforts that not only make the truck a pleasure to drive, but to spend time in at the end of the day,” he said.
“For added comfort and convenience, we’ve equipped the trucks with the optional microwave along with a CustomAir bunk cooler, making for an even nicer environment. The drivers absolutely love the trucks and say they provide everything a driver would want.”
Williams’ S-Ways feature 12.9 litre Euro6 (Step E) engines that produce 550hp and 2,500Nm of torque from a low 1,000 to 1,605rpm.
He said that despite the generous power, fuel use in the trucks has been impressive.
“Although the trucks are rated at 70t GVM, in our single trailer set-up we’re almost always running at 42.5t; the trucks are still new and fuel efficiency is getting better and better by the week,” he added.