As far as trucks are concerned, it’s all about the fuel economy these days. Volvo have been concentrating even harder in this area and operators can now order their revised FH with I-Save package.
If Volvo’s claims of 10% improvement over the standard FH are accurate then they could have a winner on their hands. The new version should be three percent better than the outgoing I-Save variant.
“Cutting fuel consumption and, as a result, reducing CO2 emissions is crucial for all transport companies, especially those with long haul operations. With the new Volvo FH with I-Save, we give hauliers even greater opportunities to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact,” says Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President Product Management at Volvo Trucks.
The new Volvo FH with I-Save is part of Volvo Trucks’ new European product range introduced this spring. I-Save includes many fuel-saving solutions, of which the most important is the Volvo D13TC engine. Volvo’s 13-litre turbo compound engine, launched at the start of 2019, is the company’s most fuel-effective engine to date.
First Generation I-Save
With the launch of the first-generation Volvo FH with I-Save in 2019, Volvo Trucks showed that this solution could slash the cost of fuel – diesel and AdBlue – by up to seven percent compared to a truck without I-Save equipped with Volvo’s conventional 13-litre engine. This figure has been confirmed by independent tests as well as customers experience.
“The combination of low fuel consumption, low noise levels and good driveability has garnered a very positive response. Many hauliers see the Volvo FH with I-Save as a tool to help reduce their carbon footprint,” says Jessica Sandström.
Second Generation I-Save
With the new-generation Volvo FH with I-Save, Volvo Trucks’ product developers have reduced fuel consumption further. Through software updates based on user data analysis, the balance between fuel consumption and driveability has been refined and optimised, leading to a further reduction in fuel consumption when driving in Eco mode.
In addition to an upgrade of I-Save, the new Volvo FH has a more aerodynamic design. To save even more fuel, I-See now has a new function that enables the truck to detect when it´s efficient for the engine to rev up slightly and then freewheel, even on roads that look flat to the human eye.
“This result means that by choosing the new Volvo FH with I-Save, hauliers can reduce their fuel consumption by up to ten percent compared to an ordinary Volvo FH equipped with our 13-litre engine with Euro 6 step D*. Even greater savings can be achieved in practice, since most customers who buy the new Volvo FH with I-Save switch from older trucks with higher fuel consumption,” Jessica Sandström explains.
Fuel-efficient with outstanding driveability
Volvo claim that the FH’s optimised torque within a wide rev range results in smooth driving and delivers the power needed to maintain a high and constant average speed, even in challenging topography.
“We are making it easier and more comfortable to drive fuel efficiently even on hilly roads. The new Volvo FH’s top-class driver environment also helps drivers perform optimally throughout their entire work shift,” concludes Jessica.