08 October 2016 11:40
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Costs reduced, safety increased, vehicle utilisation maximised: a series of improved products and innovative services will be premiered at the IAA 2016. Together, they form the new RoadEfficiency concept for Mercedes-Benz Trucks. On RoadStars we now present the three components: lowest cost, best possible safety and Mercedes-Benz Uptime at the Bay haulage company.
With regard to reducing fuel consumption, the developers at Mercedes-Benz Trucks have been fighting for every single percentage point for years now. And they've been successful: in 2011, the introduction of the current Actros reduced consumption by up to five per cent in comparison to its predecessor. When Predictive Powertrain Control was launched in 2012, consumption was reduced further by up to five per cent using the intelligent cruise control. 2015 saw the introduction of the second generation of the OM 471 engine, which reduced fuel consumption in the Actros by up to a further three percent.
At the IAA 2016, a new package of detailed improvements in the Actros will provide for yet another reduction in fuel consumption by up to three percent. To be more precise: Predictive Powertrain Control, transmission, power steering pump, alternator and aerodynamics have all been further optimised so that, yet again, considerably less fuel is required.
All of these measures are also available on vehicles with a second-generation OM 470 engine. The result: on trucks with this engine, fuel consumption is reduced by up to five percent.
For customers in the haulage business, the reduced thirst for diesel in the Actros pays for itself, because the largest share of the total operating costs for a long-distance distribution truck is for fuel. However, Mercedes-Benz Trucks also looks at other factors with which costs can be further reduced and the vehicle utilisation of the truck maximised. These factors include the reliability and quality of the Actros with its long maintenance intervals and high residual value as well as a comprehensive range of services.
Using FleetBoard driving analysis, fleet managers are able to see which driver is driving which truck and how, and if required they can initiate training measures to reduce consumption and wear. For example, the driving analysis shows how much the anticipatory cruise control, Predictive Powertrain Control, is applied. In the analysis, the fleet manager can see whether the driver drives without cruise control, with limiter or with Predictive Powertrain Control. Furthermore, it is also possible to analyse the upper and lower ranges of the driver-defined speed tolerances, the so-called hysteresis values. An optimum setting for speed tolerances and the use of Predictive Powertrain Control can further reduce fuel consumption.
Using the driving analysis, the fleet manager also sees whether the driver is driving manually or automatically and whether he or she has activated the Mercedes PowerShift driving modes economy, power or offroad. The driving analysis also documents AdBlue consumption, another important cost factor in the haulage sector.