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Scania’s express route to fuel savings

Switching to Scania has saved a small Perth-based express freight company tens of thousands of dollars in reduced fuel consumption per vehicle.

“I couldn’t believe the savings,” says Craig Agar who runs Agar Haulage. “I am saving around $41,000 for the two Scanias over the course of a year, or $200,000 over the 5-year life of the vehicles.

His fleet comprises three prime movers, which are used to pull single or B-double trailers to three locations in WA, from Perth south to Busselton and Bunbury, and north to Geraldton, delivering for LogiWest Express. Two are Scanias and one is an older American truck.

His books have never been in better shape thanks to the arrival of the pair of Scania G 480 6-cylinder powered 6x4 prime movers.

Once a die-hard American truck buyer, Craig was convinced to give Scania a try, and couldn’t believe was how much fuel he was able to save.

“I went from using 46.7-litres per 100km in the American truck to 32.9-litres per 100km in the Scania: Pulling the same trailers, at the same weight, over the same route, usually 60-tonnes all up,” he says. 

The saving equates to travelling 1km further on every litre of fuel used, excellent news for his bottom line as well as providing a substantial reduction emissions.

 “I literally could not believe it,” he says. “Of course, now I am regretting all that money I spent on fuel on the other trucks over the past 5 years.

“My drivers were a bit sceptical about embracing Scania trucks until they drove them,” Craig says.

“Wayne Ellery, who has been with me for four years, drove one and was impressed by the comfort and the quietness and the low down torque. 

“Through Scania Driver Training we have learned about using the Scania’s low revving torque and not driving with the foot-flat. With the American truck we were cruising at around 1750rpm but the Scania cruises at under 1400rpm at about 97km/h,” Craig says.

“Another benefit we have discovered is the Scania Retarder (hydraulic auxiliary brake). It is very efficient. After a year’s driving on the Bunbury route, the brake pads are still at 98%, that’s after 130,000km,” Craig says.

“Another benefit is that I am servicing the Scanias every three months, not every month, which is what I was doing with the American truck. Both services cost about the same so I am saving a significant amount there as well.”

The truck that drives to Geraldton every day makes one 800km return journey daily, while the Bunbury truck makes two round trips of about 700 km all up per day.

“Since we switched to the Scania G 480, the truck’s torque means that we get the Geraldton trip done in about 12 hours not 13, because hill speed is not impacted so much. That’s good for the driver for reduced fatigue, and good for keeping our customers happy. And I am saving $21,000 a year on fuel from that truck,” Craig says. 

“I have a simple business strategy, and that is to work smarter not harder. We run the business Monday-to Friday and we aim for a work-life balance. My Dad always says that in the transport industry, the race is won at the fuel bowser not tearing along the highway,” Craig says.