The art of planning

When we're talking about more economical and more environmentally sustainable transportations, it's not just about engines, materials and fuels. It is equally about streamlining the transport process itself for the sake of transport efficiency.

Utilising the truck fleet

Here's an interesting example: despite the fact that the amount of freight being transported has grown dramatically in Europe in recent decades, there has actually only been a moderate increase in the number of trucks. This is thanks to a more efficient utilisation of the truck fleet, using better information and planning systems.

Transport information systems

The key to increased transport effectiveness is having larger vehicle combinations, and better control of the transport flow with the help of mobile information systems.  At Volvo Trucks, we have a number of solutions that makes it possible to transport more cargo with fewer vehicles, and control fuel consumption, thus radically reducing emissions per tonne/kilometre.

 

The most prolific of these solutions is our new transport information system, Dynafleet. Using this system gives the haulage firm full control over all the trucks in the fleet and makes it possible to improve utilisation of existing transport capacity by up to ten percent. Empty or half-empty runs are reduced, and fuel consumption and air pollution are cut.

Future focus

Considering the years to come, if EU would allow a truck gross vehicle weight increase and a length increase on certain highways, the result would be that 2 trucks could handle the road freight that 3 trucks carry today. This would in turn reduce space required on today's roads, reduce pollutants and lower the emissions of CO2 up to 20-30% per tonne/km.