In addition to products at the forefront in terms of fuel efficiency, the Volvo Group also offers training and advice that can contribute to further fuel savings.
Fuel costs represent between 25% and 35% of total haulage firm costs. At the same time, the hauliers' profit margins are often very small, which means that all savings make an important difference. In order to succeed in cutting the haulage firm's overall fuel consumption, the part played by the drivers is vital. Driver training courses in eco-driving have proven themselves to be effective, but without professional follow-up the results are often short-term. That is why the Volvo Group’s various businesses offer extensive services in this area. Some of them are described below.
Volvo Trucks Fuel Advice
Volvo Trucks’ new Fuel Advice is a personal fuel advisor whose aim is to help hauliers cut their fuel costs while at the same time maintaining these improvements in the long-term perspective. The results are long-term, with savings as high as 5%. Fuel Advice consist of three modules:
1) Fuel Coaching. The fuel advisors register and analyze each driver's individual driving techniques. 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
Fuel Advice is primarily targeted to small and medium sized companies and complements Volvo Trucks' existing Fuel Management Service, which is primarily designed for larger haulage firms.
Renault Trucks Optifuel
Renault Trucks offers customers the possibility for further increasing the savings through its Optifuel solutions, which is a structured offer addressing four main areas:
1) Configuration of the truck – use the right technology (i.e. Optidriver, Optiroll, Optitrack) and the right equipment (i.e. deflectors, tyres) for the transport application at hand
2) Training the people – use Renault Trucks' “in-house” training program, based on thirty years of experience that enables fuel savings up to 15% across a whole fleet
3) Monitoring the fuel consumption – use the right tool (i.e. Optifuel Infomax and Optifleet) to manage drivers and trucks
4) Maintaining long-term performance – use the Renault Trucks service network’s know-how and experience, the latest technical innovations (i.e. Optifuel Retrofit) in order to maintain fuel efficiency throughout the truck's entire operational life.
Eco Operator from Volvo CE
EcoOperator is a training program from Volvo Construction Equipment that gives operators the practical and theoretical knowledge they need to become safer, more efficient and extra environmentally conscious while operating equipment. No matter how fuel efficient a piece of equipment is, the operator has a significant effect on fuel consumption and productivity.
The program teaches correct machine operation and maneuvering as well as how to plan work in the smartest, most efficient way. By following these techniques operators can help save money on fuel, increase overall productivity, reduce maintenance expenses and reduce the impact on the environment.
Efficient driving with Volvo Buses
Fuel costs represent approximately 20% of a bus operator’s costs. Volvo Buses offers a range of services aimed at minimizing fuel consumption. With the Fleet Management Report, the customer can measure and follow up each vehicle’s performance in terms of fuel efficiency and emissions. Volvo I-Coaching is a tool located on the dashboard in the bus which gives instant feedback on driver behavior, helping the driver to drive more economically and safely. Volvo Buses also offers courses in Efficient Driver Training. In total, these measures can deliver fuel savings of about 10%.