Volvo Trucks helps logistics companies cut fuel consumption with new software and engine upgrades

Shah Alam, 19 July 2019 - Volvo Trucks is introducing new truck software functions and upgraded engines to help logistics companies and their drivers save fuel, even when cruise control is not activated, thus reducing operational costs. The upgraded D13 diesel engines for Euro 3, Euro 4, Euro 5 and EEV (energy efficient vehicles) markets, together with the new software updates, can enable fuel savings of up to 3%.

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Volvo Torque Assist, a new function of Volvo Trucks’ upgraded D13 diesel engines, improves fuel efficiency by automatically adapting the truck’s torque and acceleration to the road topography, the load and speed changes.

“The new software and engine upgrades are introduced to help our customers optimise on fuel consumption and at the same time, save costs. This is important because we understand that fuel costs can make up one of the biggest chunks of a company’s overall operational cost. With today’s challenging business environment, it is understandable that logistics companies everywhere are constantly looking for cost effective ways to operate more efficiently and stay competitive,” said Mitch Peden, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia.

“Our goal at Volvo Trucks is to offer the most fuel-efficient trucks, anchored with a strategy that revolves around satisfied and productive customers, and these constant upgrades to our trucks portray the strong commitment that we have towards helping our customers’ business succeed,” Peden adds.

Upgraded software

A key feature in the software upgrade is the new function called Volvo Torque Assist which is intended to reduce fuel consumption by providing more efficient driving when the cruise control is disabled in long haul operations.

Volvo Torque Assist is designed to give more fuel-efficient driving by automatically adapting the truck’s torque and acceleration to the road topography, the load and speed changes. The function is only active when driving without using cruise control.

Another supporting function of this feature is that it keeps the amount of injected fuel constant after the engine’s ‘green range’* has been passed. The slightly compromised performance is compensated by improved fuel economy.

In addition, the pedal map has also been recalibrated. A less sensitive pedal creates a smoother torque development, which, in turn, makes the truck easier to control and keep vehicle speed.

“The new software gives a more significant result with heavy loads, many slope changes or large speed variations, while drivers transporting lighter loads with constant speed on flat roads will save less fuel. Drivers who are less skilled or trained in economical driving can benefit from these upgrades. In field tests, we have actually seen examples of a larger potential for fuel savings than the 3%,” explains Peter Hardin, Director Product Management at Volvo Truck.

Upgraded hardware

The hardware upgrades in the Euro 6 Step D versions of the D13 engine, released earlier in 2019, are also being used to raise the standards of the Euro 3 to 5 engines. Internal friction has been reduced with new cylinder liners and new V-shaped oil scraper rings. The turbo efficiency has been improved and the engine management system is upgraded to a newer version with better capacity.

In all, these hardware upgrades save around 1% fuel, while the fuel saving potential for the new software depends on driver experience and the operating conditions.

Volvo Trucks believes that smarter and more fuel-efficient trucks are becoming a necessity for ensuring a sustainable future, and that technology, product and human behaviour must work together to make it happen. Its driver development programme which has been continuosly offered to all customers helps drivers learn about fuel-efficient driving techniques. This programme also educates drivers about the significant co-relation of fuel-efficient driving and enhanced safety on the road, and how they play a very important role for the entire ecosystem.

Both the software and hardware upgrades are applicable for new truck orders encompassing the Volvo FH, FM and FMX models for customers in Malaysia.

 

* In vehicles such as tractors and trucks, the tachometer often has a green arc showing the speed range in which the engine produces maximum torque. The green range of Volvo Trucks can be from 1050 – 1600 rpm depending on engine types.

 

For further information, please contact:

Linda Foo, Senior Executive- Marketing & Business Development

Tel: 03-5510 3300, Email: linda.foo.yan.yan@volvo.com