Fujairah-based Amandeep Singh has won the region’s first Fuelwatch Challenge organised recently by Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO), the Volvo Trucks dealer in the UAE.
Introduced by Volvo Trucks as a global competition, the Fuelwatch Challenge is an initiative that aims to test and reward the best drivers in fuel-efficient driving and puts the spotlight on their skill and discipline, said FAMCO. The UAE-leg of the Challenge saw 20 drivers showcasing their capabilities in fuel-efficient driving as well as general vehicle handling.
The drivers’ competency in vehicle handling at optimal fuel efficiency was measured using Dynafleet, the Volvo Trucks’ proprietary fleet management system. Fuel efficiency scores were tabulated based on four key aspects – braking, speed adaptation, engine and gear utilisation and standstill. Data on fuel efficiency, driver’s uptime and overall productivity were collected to gauge contestants’ performances and identify specific areas for improvement.
The truck used in the competition was a Volvo FH, in which the winning driver completed the 13km course consuming 18% less fuel than his competitors. The awards were presented at a gala dinner attended by Volvo Truck customers, FAMCO and Volvo Trucks team.
According to FAMCO, the competition margins offer significant cost saving potential when put into a real-life context. For instance, during an average long-haul operation of 150,000km, the on-road fuel efficiency margins could result in approximately 5,000 litres less fuel consumption per truck each year.
Commenting on the competition, Vladimir Knezevic, managing director of FAMCO – UAE, said: “We are extremely pleased to organise the first-ever Fuelwatch Challenge in the region and reaffirm our commitment to providing real value to our customers. The Challenge encourages proper management and maintenance of the truck prior to usage, thereby contributing to fuel efficiency on the road and reducing the risk of breakdown. More importantly, it ensures the safety of the driver and other road users.”
Jan-Erik Thorén, market director, Volvo Trucks Middle East, added: “We are extremely pleased that Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge was held in the region. More than a competition, the Challenge showcases real-world cost benefits for companies and industries, while contributing positively to the environment. The role that drivers play is integral to achieving optimal fuel efficiency and we will continue to help them excel and get the most out of our trucks.”