Watch that fuel!

Published:  01 October, 2009

WARWICK: The series of Fuelwatch seminars run by Volvo Trucks that began in May has been extended until December due to customer demand.

Ten more sessions are planned by the end of the year. Monitoring of fuel use by auxiliary equipment driven from a power-take-off is also covered.

"Specification of auxiliary equipment can have a large impact on fuel use. For builders' merchant operations where mileages are low but power take off fuel use is high, this can be a significant cost," said Chris Evans, Volvo's technology infrastructure solutions and sector manager.

"We cover everything from fuel types to aerodynamics to vehicle specification," said Mr Evans. "We run through the principles involved and then we ask questions and get into a lot of specific detail.

"We challenge the customers and their assumptions quite seriously," Mr Evans continued, "and we try to make it as interactive as possible, getting customers up to do presentations Ė which gives the material the credibility it deserves."

Seminar details are available from Volvo or dealers.

Day Aggregates is in talks about a trial of Dynafleet fuel telematics and Phil Loughney, transport manager of Tyneside-based demolition operator G O'Brien & Sons, is equally enthusiastic.

"Saving diesel is a big factor these days, in terms not just of cost, but of carbon footprint," Mr Loughney said.

"The seminar was very good, very interesting, and we're setting up a more in-depth meeting. The Fuel Management Service sounds the business; if we go ahead with it, we'll look at employing a full-time staff member just to monitor fuel use. If the projections are accurate, our fleet of 38 trucks could be making savings in the region of £80 000 a year."

To find out more, visit the Volvo site.

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