Volvo’s new generation FH with its I-Save economy system is now available to order and, according to the manufacturer, capable of a 10% fuel saving compared to the outgoing equivalent.
Internal tests by the firm allege the latest model is 10% more economical than a standard FH with a 13-litre Euro 6 Step D engine, and 3% better than the current FH with I- Save, which was introduced in 2019.
The I-Save package comprises economy-themed equipment, including the company’s 13-litre D13TC engine – said to be its most efficient yet – a series of software updates designed to give what Volvo claims is a balance between fuel consumption and driveability, and a new function that examines the road surface and detects when it is efficient for the engine to rev up slightly then freewheel.
The first-generation FH with I-Save was said to cut diesel and AdBlue usage by up to 7% compared to a truck without the technology, while the latest version also adds a more aerodynamic exterior.
“Cutting fuel consumption and, as a result, reducing CO2 emissions is crucial for all transport companies, especially those with long haul operations,” said Jessica Sandström, Volvo’s senior vice president for product management, “[the new truck] gives hauliers even greater opportunities to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact.
“The combination of low fuel consumption, low noise levels and good driveability has garnered a very positive response. Many hauliers see the Volvo FH with I-Save as a tool to help reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, even greater savings can be achieved in practice, since most customers… will switch from older trucks with higher fuel consumption.
“We are making it easier and more comfortable to drive fuel efficiently, even on hilly roads. The new Volvo FH’s top-class driver environment also helps drivers perform optimally throughout their entire work shift.”