Australia's first 'Fuel Super Truck' delivers massive gain


Australia's first 'Fuel Super Truck', a radical fuel-saving concept by Volvo Trucks, has been put to the test...

 

The mean, clean, fuel-saving machine in the flesh!

 

Volvo Trucks Australia vice president sales Clive Jones announced the Fuel Super Truck’s results today, proudly claiming a staggering 20 per cent real-world fuel efficiency gain.

"The Volvo Fuel Super Truck is more than just a concept. It is a real-world truck specially engineered for Australian conditions with a fuel efficiency-optimised driveline and streamlined aerodynamics," Jones says.

"The truck is designed to run on the least amount of diesel possible, without compromising productivity or performance.

"With fuel accounting for one-third of operator costs, the industry is looking for answers to the problem of how to maximise fuel efficiency while still getting the job done.

"The good news for owners and operators looking to reduce fuel consumption is that the majority of features in the Volvo Fuel Super Truck are available for ordering now.

"Volvo Trucks Australia is committed to working with every customer in order to find the best specification for their unique operational conditions."

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Australian trials of the concept put the trucks through rigorous testing and the Fuel Super Truck, which uses a slightly de-tuned version of the 16-litre FH16 powertrain, delivered a fuel efficiency gain of 20 per cent over the base line FH16.

The concept truck was designed in-house at the Wacol Facility in Queensland by Volvo Group Trucks Technology (GTT) engineers, with support from the Volvo team in Sweden.

It was built around a FH16 and while other concept trucks have been based on single trailer configurations, this is the first B-double concept truck in the world.

"Nearly two years in the making, this truck is a testament to Australian ingenuity and engineering skill, along with the great benefits gained from the partnership of Swedish and local engineering teams," Mr Jones said.

"In addition to engineering developments in the driveline and aerodynamics, other concept trucks have been single trailer vehicles, whereas the Volvo Fuel Super Truck is first B-double concept truck in the world.

"We look forward to introducing the Volvo Fuel Super truck to customers around Australia over the coming weeks and months, and to updating the industry on further exciting developments we are making in the fuel efficiency space."

Stay tuned for more in the coming days as truck editor Steve Brooks brings us an exclusive on-road comparison between the Fuel Super Truck and Volvo’s base line FH16.

 

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