For optimal fuel efficiency, it is crucial that a truck is correctly specified for its intended transport assignments and driving conditions. Avoid unnecessary maintenance and high fuel costs by specifying the correct driveline from the start.
When ordering a new truck, customers have the opportunity to utilise their Volvo Truck Dealer's expertise. Volvo's dedicated experts are on hand to ensure that the driveline on a truck is Fuelwatch optimised from the outset. By mapping driving patterns, roads, topographical conditions and load scenarios, a new truck can be equipped with a combination of the ideal engine, transmission, tyres and treads, as well as the optimal rear axle ratio.
If an engine is under-powered for its task, the driver will
instinctively be forced into imposing an unnecessarily high
load on the engine, which can be extremely fuel consuming.
However, a truck with too much engine power for its task also
consumes more fuel. A truck used for European longhaul transport in flat topography generally requires 8-10 horsepower per tonne, whereas a truck that is exposed to more stops and starts or more challenging topographical conditions requires a higher horsepower level.