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The Volvo Group has launched several initiatives and offers a variety of training programs to optimize the skills of drivers and operators around the world, to improve vehicle knowledge and reduce fuel consumption. On average, drivers can save 5 to 10 percent in fuel consumption after participating in a course on fuel efficient driving. This reduces costs and environmental impact. In addition to this, the risk of accidents is also reduced through the better planning of routes.
The Volvo Group organizes fuel challenges worldwide to stimulate fuel efficient driving and reward especially skilled drivers and operators.
Optifuel Challenge 2012
In 2012 Renault Trucks hosted its first European eco driving competition with 33 drivers from 16 countries participating in the final in Seville, Spain.
The Optifuel Challenge 2012 included a theoretical test of 35 questions and a 40-minute ride on board the 430 hp Premium Optifuel truck. All participants competed under the same conditions and were assessed on fuel consumption and average speed, both measured by Optifuel Infomax, the Renault Trucks’ fuel consumption measurement and analysis software.
The 2012 contest was won by a driver from Spain, followed by drivers from Finland and France.
The Drivers Fuel Challenge
Volvo Trucks’ global fuel challenge competition, held in 2011, was also about driving as economically as possible on a specified route. More than 3,600 drivers from all over the world competed to see who could drive in the most fuel efficient manner and clearly demonstrated just how important driving skills are when it comes to using minimum amounts of fuel.
At the end of 2011, the best drivers from 17 countries travelled to the Volvo Group’s hometown of Gothenburg to compete for the world title. After fierce competition, a driver from South Korea won the first global Volvo Trucks’ Drivers’ Fuel Challenge.
Fuel efficiency challenge for operators in China
After the success of the first contest to find China’s most fuel efficient excavator operator in 2011, Volvo Construction Equipment organized its second nationwide Operator Idol competition in 2012.
Run in conjunction with the China Construction Machinery Association (CCMA), the Operator Idol competition includes a series of training in fuel efficient operator techniques that optimizes driving and reduces the fuel consumption. More than 6,800 people have directly participated in 34 city contests nationwide; nearly 10,000 people have participated in fuel efficient operating skills training both online and at competition sites; and over 100,000 people have participated in the festivities via the Operator Idol Club and other online platforms.
The contest raises awareness of the impact that fuel efficient operating can have on the environment, as well as on a company’s profits.
At the end of the six-month contest, twenty-four operators competed for the top three titles in the Operator Idol final in Shanghai, and the grand prize winner received one year’s free use of a Volvo excavator.