The Volvo Trucks India Fuelwatch 2013 competition brings out the importance of the best driving practices to save valuable fuel in mining operations.
Volvo Trucks India Fuelwatch 2013 Competition was held at a coal mining site in Naigaon near Chandrapur, Maharashtra recently. Atul Pandey, from SS Chatwal & Company emerged as the winner of the India Fuel Watch 2013 Competition. Drivers from key Volvo customers operating in mining segment across the country participated in the annual fuel efficiency competition.
Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch competition is part of Volvo Trucks' effort to educate drivers and create awareness among customers and other stakeholders on the importance of the best driving practices to improve fuel efficiency, reduce fuel cost and increase profitability. Fuel efficiency is the most critical aspect of profitability in mining transport and we at Volvo Trucks are committed to improving customer's overall profitability from our vehicles, while encouraging safe driving practices and environmental care through reduction in emissions. The competition highlights the importance of good, safe driving practices and promotes thorough understanding of the latest technologies of high performance tippers, to achieve the best man and machine performance. The Fuelwatch competition promotes both economic and environmental advantages of the best driving practices and brings out a positive spirit among Volvo tipper drivers. Volvo Trucks India Fuelwatch was initiated in 2010 and this is the fourth season.
"Fuel efficiency and vehicle productivity are critical considerations for fleet operations in mining transport. At Volvo Trucks, special emphasis is given to superior driving skills because it plays an important role in achieving better fuel efficiency and increased profitability" said AK Birla, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Aftermarket, VE Commercial Vehicles.
"Fuel reduction is vital, both for cost saving and lowering environmental impact. Our Fuelwatch initiative helps our customers to get the very best in fuel efficiency and lower operating costs. Fuel reduction is vital, both economically and environmentally. Environment and economy goes hand in hand," Birla added.
The competition is the ultimate test for Volvo tipper drivers to bring out the best in driving practices under tough off-road conditions and achieve highest fuel efficiency. The onset of monsoon made the competition even more challenging. Atul Pandey from S S Chatwal and Company was adjudged the winner, followed by Varinder Singh from Ranjit Buildcon who was adjudged was 1st Runner-up, and Tileshwar Prasad from Rungta Projects was adjudged 2nd Runner-up.
The winning driver achieved a remarkable 24 per cent higher fuel efficiency compared to the driver with lowest fuel efficiency in the competition. Volvo trucks have an electronic management system that records the trip data including fuel consumption. Before starting each trip, the trip meter is reset and at the end of the trip the data is downloaded through the Dynafleet trip manager software, the information is taken from the truck itself. There is no manual intervention in recording the readings leading to any possible human errors. The whole process is very transparent and well explained to all participants prior to beginning of the contest.
The competition was conducted by Volvo Trucks Driver Training Centre following global standards and practices laid down by Volvo Trucks, giving each driver identical conditions and opportunity on a carefully selected route in a coal mine. Volvo Trucks pioneered commercial vehicles Driver Training in India and in fact, Volvo Trucks is the first CV manufacturer to set up a Driver Training Centre in India. The Volvo Driver Training Centre has so far trained over 35,000 drivers and helped the drivers understand the latest truck technology, its proper use, safe driving practices and ways of achieving better fuel efficiency.
The Volvo Trucks product range in India includes the FM & FMX range of tippers, FM range of dump truck, FM rigid trucks for special application eg, fire tenders, sky lifts, boom pumps, concrete mixers and the FM/FH range of tractors in different configurations. The FM/FH series of tractors are used in long-haulage ODC (over-dimension cargo) transport applications. Today, Volvo Trucks is the most preferred truck brand in the premium European heavy- duty market and enjoys 60 per cent market share in India.
Date: 11-12 June, 2013
Site: Ranjit Buildcon Site, WCL Coal Mine, Naigaon, Chandrapur, Maharastra