Sani Express, a major bus operator in Malaysia, recently took delivery of 23 new Scania coaches. As part of the package, the company opted to partner with Scania in Ecolution. This partnership helps to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions through vehicle optimisation and by meeting agreed fuel and CO2 emission reduction targets.
‘Captivating’ Ecolution concept
Progress towards the targets is regularly monitored, evaluated and discussed with the Scania’s Ecolution Manager in Malaysia, Mazni Nawawi.
“The Ecolution concept of tailor-made partnerships really captivates me in helping customers and Scania to achieve targets,” she says.
“Together we can see the whole picture and together find many subtle improvements that add up to a big difference.”
First Ecolution manager in Asia
Nawawi had been working with Scania’s connected services and fleet management system for more than four years, when she was offered the post as Scania’s first Ecolution Manager in Asia.
“Ecolution is more related to data and driver behaviour and I proudly accepted the challenge,” she says.
Nawawi has a heavy vehicle driver’s licence but says that she lacks experience in driving trucks and buses over longer periods.
“I gained the experience and confidence to guide drivers on better fuel and emission performance by observing driver training, hearing more from drivers about their experiences and discussing problems faced by customers.” And, she adds, through valuable feedback from colleagues and managers.
Cut idling time, reduce fuel consumption
If Nawawi had to single out one piece of advice that will help drivers cut their fuel consumption, it would be reducing idling time.
“The biggest impact on carbon emissions is idling. Besides constituting a major source of air pollution, other negative effects are fuel wastage, noise pollution and jeopardising public health.”
Successful woman in male-dominated industry
Nawawi has not encountered any obstacles in being a woman in a heavily male-dominated industry.
“Neither in Scania, nor among our customers has that ever been an issue. I always love taking up a challenge – what a man can do, so can I. Besides, it’s good to be a woman in this industry since as there isn’t much competition.”