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Scania in Euro 6 fuel efficiency duel with German haulier.

Scania’s Transport Laboratory and German transport company TSL have challenged each other to see who can save the most fuel on a real life run.

“We are running this challenge because we want to show the industry that it is possible to achieve 25 litres/100 km in normal driving. All it takes is skilled drivers driving their vehicles with care,” says Anders Gustavsson, Managing Director of the Scania Transport Laboratory.

“The majority of hauliers are often quite happy to achieve around 31–32 litres/100 km. There’s absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be able to do better.”

Klaus Ellinger, founder of TSL, explains that his company entered the challenge because: “we know that we have really good drivers who know how to handle a truck. We see the resulting low consumption in our everyday business, as well as lower maintenance costs and improved service performance.

“Moreover, our drivers are dependable; they treat the trucks with respect and make optimum use of them.”

The challenge between Hanna Fange from the Scania Transport Laboratory and Peter Röder from TSL begins at 04:00 Thursday 26 May at Scania’s production centre in Södertälje, Sweden.

Two Scania R 480 prime movers powered by new Euro 6 compliant engines pulling a GCM of 40 tonnes will leave on their journey from Södertälje to Scania’s production centre in Zwolle, the Netherlands.

The trucks travel south through Sweden and Denmark to Vordingborg, approximately 100 km south of Copenhagen, Denmark. There the drivers will take their statutory rest period of eleven hours.

But the trucks won’t rest, rather continuing on to Zwolle with other drivers at the wheel.

At 02:00 on Friday 27 May the challenge will resume with Hanna Fange and Peter Röder at the wheel, as two new trucks from Zwolle, with the exact specifications as their previous vehicles, leave Vordingborg to reach Södertälje around 13:00.

Virtual spectators can follow the challenge on the web, where data drawn from the Scania Fleet Management system will be displayed, including among other features, vehicle position and fuel consumption.

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The Scania Fleet Management system enables transport companies to keep better track of vehicles and drivers, thereby improving the efficiency of their fleets. The Scania Communicator installed in the truck is the heart of the system, the ‘black box’ automatically gathering information from the vehicle either on the move or stationary, such as fuel consumption, driving style and braking behaviour. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to the office along with GPS positioning data.

With the help of this system, operators can keep track of exactly where their vehicles are, their fuel consumption, how they are being driven and when it is time for the next service. They can then use this information to improve their profitability and reduce their environmental impact.

TSL is a German transport company that specialises in time-critical deliveries for the food industry. Established in 1994, the company is based in Groß-Umstadt, near Frankfurt am Main in Germany, and has 60 employees. The fleet comprises 37 of the company’s own prime movers as well as an additional hundred or so vehicles provided by contracted suppliers. TSL invests significant resources in fuel efficiency, providing regular training and follow-up for its drivers to ensure that they drive economically.

The Scania Transport Laboratory is a wholly owned subsidiary of Scania that tests and evaluates vehicle characteristics and performance in commercial road haulage. The company’s tasks also include training and coaching its drivers in economical and safe driving techniques. The company accounts for a small portion of the goods haulage between Scania’s European production and assembly units. Its fleet consists of 20 prime movers and about 70 semitrailers.