Volvo’s Fuel Challenge puts truckers to the test!
This month saw a few of the world’s most frugal truck drivers gather at Volvo Trucks’ test track in Gothenburg, Sweden, in honour of Volvo’s annual Drivers’ Fuel Challenge. 28 finalists from all over the globe were in attendance to compete for the title of ‘World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Driver’.
The thrifty competition consists of a Volvo FH, a 6.9km-long track and as little fuel as possible. This year, the race also included a twist… Any drivers that managed to complete the course with any time to spare were awarded extra points. Speedy and spending less on fuel… What’s not to love?
Who was crowned the winner?
It was no luck for the UK though, as the winner crowned on the day was a Mr. Tomáš Horčička, from the Czech Republic. He said, “Winning The Drivers’ Fuel Challenge means the world to me. And since I am both a truck driver and a company owner, I know how important fuel-efficient driving really is.”
Achieving a high average speed whilst keeping fuel consumption to a minimum is no mean feat. This is made even harder when you factor in traffic, particularly the levels you often see on UK motorways, as anyone who regularly heads up the M1 will know.
Fortunately, thanks to Volvo’s recently enhanced powertrain, things are looking up for fuel-conscious truck drivers.
Volvo: always driving efficient transportations
“Our updated powertrain enables the engine and gearbox to utilise their full combined potential to deliver even more efficient transportations.” says Mats Franzén, Product Manager Powertrain Components – Engines at Volvo Trucks.
Ricard Fritz, Senior Vice President, Product and Vehicle Sales, Volvo Trucks said “Meeting delivery deadlines is critical for today’s transport companies. By including time constraints, the skills to prove in the Drivers’ Fuel Challenge, and are even more practical and relevant to the driver’s day-to-day work. To win, the driver needs to drive in an exceptionally well-planned, forward-looking and fuel-efficient way.”
The powertrain and Drivers’ Fuel Challenge are just a snippet of Volvo’s efforts to reduce global fuel consumption. After the enhanced Euro 6 engine, improved aerodynamic design of the Volvo FH cab and weight reductions on the Volvo FH and FM, the list just keeps on growing. Keep up the good work Volvo!Volvo FH and FM, the list just keeps on growing. Keep up the good work Volvo!