Trucks Can Save up to 5 Percent with Fuel Advice System
Fuel costs represent between 25 and 35 percent of total haulage firm costs. At the same time, the haulers' profit margins are often very small, which means that every saving makes an important difference.
“To succeed in cutting the haulage firm's overall fuel consumption, the part played by the drivers is vital. Our driver training courses in eco-driving have proven themselves to be effective, but without professional follow-up the results are often short-term,” says Mikael Lidhage, fuel management director, Volvo Trucks.
That is why Volvo Trucks is now launching Fuel Advice, a personal fuel advisor whose aim is to help haulers cut their fuel costs while at the same time maintaining these improvements in the long term.
The service is initially only available in Europe, and with Volvo’s new FH Series. For previous models equipped with Dynafleet, it will become available at of the start of next year. The system requires that the haulage firm also appoint a specialist who is responsible for fuel efficiency and who handles all contacts with Volvo's advisor.
The service consists of three modules: Fuel Coaching, Fuel Management Toolbox and Fuel Management Support:
- Fuel Coaching: The fuel advisors register and analyze each driver's individual driving techniques, and this data is summarized in monthly reports. The advisors provide practical tips on how fuel consumption can be reduced, as well as help with planning and with structuring the necessary follow-up. If a driver suddenly changes his or her driving style in a way that requires fast feedback and perhaps also action, the haulage firm's fuel economy specialist is notified.
- Fuel Management Toolbox: A web-based toolbox with tools that provide inspiration, guidance and practical information about the best and simplest ways of working with fuel savings.
- Fuel Management Support: The customer's interface for contacts with his or her individual fuel advisor, who is there to answer questions and offer advice.
The point of the service is to improve the quality of all fuel-saving measures. By giving the customer ongoing feedback, these measures become increasingly natural and easy to use. Lidhage says, “An engaged and focused customer who has open channels of communication with his drivers, with the company's own fuel economy specialist and with Volvo's fuel advisor, can fairly easily cut fuel consumption by between three and five percent.”
Fuel Advice complements Volvo Trucks' existing Fuel Management Service, which is primarily designed for larger haulage firms.
View an animation of Volvo Trucks' new Fuel Advice service on YouTube.
See a video on Volvo Fuel Management Service.