Volvo Trucks Cut Fuel Costs by 5%
Once again we’re lauding Volvo Trucks, as the brand launches improvements on a number of its ranges, including the FM, FMX, FH and FH16 models range. The Swedish marque has made aerodynamic adjustments to increase fuel efficiency, reporting reductions in fuel costs of up to 5 per cent.
For any haulier with a heavy workload, fuel costs are a key issue. To tackle this, Volvo Trucks invests millions into its dedicated ‘Fuel Focus’. During product development, engineers are specially trained to identify potential areas for improvement – the latest of which have now been introduced to these updated engines. Each complies with the Euro-6 Step C regulation and aerodynamic optimisations have been made on the Volvo FH cab, with some weight optimisations on the chassis.
Updated Engines, Advanced Aerodynamics
As for the engines, a number of changes have been made; mainly on the D11 and D13s. These include the addition of as low-friction pistons, an all-new improved turbo, a higher compression ratio, an enhanced camshaft and software updates, each of which contribute to the fuel reduction.
And the aerodynamics? Improvements include a re-designed front spoiler, air deflectors, mudguards and a tighter wheel housing on FH models, all designed to reduce as much air resistance as possible.
A Quick Word From Claes
Claes Nilsson, President of Volvo Trucks, says “Since fuel accounts for a third of hauliers’ costs, every drop counts. We are constantly working on improving the fuel efficiency of our vehicles. It is a philosophy of utilising every possible improvement and optimisation, small and big.
“With these latest updates on the engines and the aerodynamics, drivers receive an even more efficient truck with the excellent performance of the Volvo Trucks and further improved fuel efficiency, meaning more money saved for the operator. These are a number of small improvements that can ultimately lead to significant savings.”
Exactly how much fuel these changes can save will depend on the truck specification and also the application. For a Volvo FH driving long-distance transport, combined optimisations can improve fuel consumption by up to 3 per cent.
Impressive Performance from Volvo Trucks
In severe applications, such as timber transport, a fuel saving of up to 4 per cent can be realised when the truck is combined with Volvo Trucks newly-introduced I-Shift automated transmission with crawler gears and the new liftable tandem axle. The unique advantage of excellent startability, combined with a suitable rear axle ratio that optimises engine revs at high speeds when carrying heavy loads, and also lifting the tandem axle when not fully loaded, will result in lower fuel consumption on motorways.
As always, we’re highly impressed by Volvo Trucks’ performance. And we’re sure you’ll all agree, when we say that improved fuel economy is the way forward for any driver!