Duo trailer debuts in Spain

From the August 2018 issue.

Spanish OEM, Seat, and logistics company, Grupo Sesé, is piloting the performance of a duo trailer truck combination, to highlight efficiency and sustainability gains.

According to Seat, the test journey was made from Zaragoza to the OEM's headquarters in Martorell and will be repeated in upcoming months while transporting components.

The duo trailer features 16.6-metre-long trailers pulled by a truck with a Scania cab, with a total length of 31.7 metres and a maximum payload capacity of 70 tonnes.

Seat said in a statement that it aims to verify, through ongoing testing, that the truck-trailer combination will enable a 20 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per road journey and a 25 per cent decrease in the logistics cost of transport components.

"Designed for travelling on high capacity roads, the duo trailer will also lower the number of trucks that travel on conventional roads, which is where the highest number of road accidents take place," said Seat.

Seat Vice President for Production and Logistics, Dr Christian Vollmer, said that the duo trailer has the capacity to halve the number of trucks on the road, implying huge benefits in terms of sustainability, environmental responsibility, safety and efficiency.

"Innovation is at the core of Seat and these tests are in the same spirit that led us to bring the mega truck to Spain two years ago in partnership with Grupo Sesé," he said.

According to Seat, this research study will conclude with a report to demonstrate the performance benefits of this new vehicle so that it may be standardised in Spain.

"The added advantage of this means of transport to reducing road accidents and emissions and cost savings is its versatility and the way it promotes multimodality and improves efficiency and sustainability," said Grupo Sesé Managing Director, Ángel Pueyo.

(Image L-R: Grupo Sesé Managing Director, Ángel Pueyo and Seat Vice President for Production and Logistics, Dr Christian Vollmer.)

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