Approximately 90% of the total environmental impact of the Volvo Group’s trucks is generated during use, mainly through fuel consumption. This impact can be reduced by developing more energy-efficient products. However, the behavior of drivers is also key to further decreasing fuel consumption. We actively contribute to reducing fuel consumption through technological solutions and awareness raising activities to influence attitudes and behavior.
Eco Driving targeting attitudes
Human behavior is an important factor in achieving sustainable transports. Eco Driving is a way of driving that helps reduce the vehicle’s fuel consumption, emissions and causes less wear and tear on the vehicle. This reduces costs and environmental impact. In addition to this, the risk of accidents is also reduced through the better planning of routes.
A number of Volvo Group companies worldwide offer driver training to improve vehicle knowledge while addressing safety issues and the reduction of fuel consumption. On average, drivers can save 5 to 10% in fuel consumption after participating in a course on fuel-efficient driving.
Approximately 90% of the total environmental impact of the Volvo Group’s trucks is generated during use, mainly through fuel consumption.
Volvo Truck Fuelwatch yields an immediate return on investment
The Volvo Group offers solutions that help customers use products in the most efficient way possible. Fuelwatch is a concept for various fuel-saving products and fuel management techniques for Volvo Truck’s customers. They include Fuel Management Service, product maintenance, upgrading of engines and transmissions and the Dynafleet system.
The data on vehicle and driver performance derived from these products helps customers to reduce costs and is vital for developing driver training. Research shows that fuel savings of between 5 and 15% are possible. The return on the investment is estimated to be less than one year, while the environmental impact is reduced.
Volvo Construction Equipment offers Care Track
CareTrack is a telematics system used to manage the productivity and work availability of heavy machines. The operation and utilization of the machine can be optimized by monitoring fuel consumption, location, hours, speed and upcoming service intervals by using GPRS (cellular) or satellite technology to transmit information that is secure and instantly available wherever there is an online connection. CareTrack has been a standard fit since 2010.
Fuel-efficient offer from Renault Trucks
Renault Trucks offers the Renault Premium Optifuel package aimed at improving fuel efficiency. It consists of a driveline combined with aerodynamics and accessories, vehicle management software and ecodrive training. The fuel reduction is at least 6% compared with a standard truck. In 2011, a complementary solution called Optiroll was launched, which further decreases fuel consumption.
Lower operating costs with telematics
In 2011, Volvo Buses launched new solutions for reducing fuel consumption based on telematics. The new technology makes it easier to monitor fuel consumption and when the vehicle needs service.
Commute Greener! is a mobile-based application that calculates and keeps track of carbon dioxide emissions. The application easily transforms a cell phone into a tool to measure carbon dioxide emissions generated during everyday commuting, including travelling by bus, car, train, bicycle or other means of transport.
The Commute Greener! application has been developed by Volvo IT as an open innovation to welcome many partners. External target groups are corporations, cities, organizations and individuals. In addition to the application itself, Commute Greener! provides an engaging community website where commuters can challenge each other to reduce their individual carbon dioxide footprint.
Mexico City receives certificate of achievement
Mexico City uses Commute Greener! for government employees with the objective of certifying results as part of their Environmental Management System, which encompasses 200,000 employees.
Five large organizations in the Mexico City administration were the first to use Commute Greener! in Mexico. In April, 2011, authorities in Mexico City earned the first certificate of achievement given in the Americas.
Mexico City obtained very encouraging results with dedicated groups showing CO2 reductions of up to 40%. On a yearly basis, the CO2 reductions could reach 75,000 tons for the defined segments.
Ride Share redefines car-pooling
A new function called Ride Share was added to the Commute Greener! service in 2011. Ride Share helps connect individuals who travel the same routes. The service not only includes car journeys, but also the best bus service for a certain route, and it can even help find someone to cycle to work with.