Every Little Bit Helps for Volvo

According to Diesel’s European Correspondent, every little bit helps for Volvo to improve fuel consumption on its models.   Volvo recently tweaked its Euro 6 engines and FH cab aerodynamics in what it describes as, “…yet another step on the path to efficient transportation.” It goes on to say that changes to its Euro 6 ‘C’ D13 engine (fitted in FH and FM) represent “A perfect example of how several small advances together can...

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All New Stralis Launched

Iveco have launched the next generation of the Stralis model with a new drive line and more powerful electronics, claiming fuel savings of over ten per cent. The New Stralis XP follows the Stralis Hi-Way, launched in 2012, retaining the cabin and SCR only emission control technology, but not for all drivelines.     Some of the engines, in trucks designed for long international haulage in Europe, will include an element of...

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Do We Really Want Better Productivity?

Every week, or more often, we hear someone else telling us about a drive for better productivity. Needless to say, quite often the person talking it up has something to sell. A new technology, a new leaner meaner truck, a training package on offer.   There are also some evangelical souls in trucking who espouse fuel economy and put their money where their mouth is, the obvious example being winding the speed limiter back to 90...

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Road User Charge Reduction

The price of fuel to trucking operators in Australia will be reduced in July following the announcement of a reduction in the Road User Charge. Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, announced a drop in the fuel tax rate from 26.14 cents/litre to 25.9, as of July 1 2016.      The Australian Trucking Association has welcomed the move, which had been highlighted in the association’s 2016...

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Here Comes the Sun

Solar power is being used to power a 24 hour diesel retail outlet in the Pilbara. Supplying 24-hour access to diesel in remote areas has become much more feasible with the construction of what Caltex reckon to be the world’s first fully-transportable solar-powered retail fuel outlets.   Two sites at Tom Price and Onslow, both more than 1300 km from Perth, are not connected to mains power, instead relying on the abundant solar...

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New Outlet for SA

The quality of truck stops, in some areas continues to improve as new facilities come on stream. South Australia’s convenience retailer OTR has opened a new facility for truck drivers on a major truck route out of Adelaide at Port Wakefield Road, Bolivar.     The construction of the OTR Port Wakefield Road site was the largest single investment to date made by the Peregrine Corporation, in building an OTR convenience store...

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