The 2017 Volvo Drivers’ Fuel Challenge put Australia’s most fuel efficient drivers head-to-head, crowning a champion in both on and off-road categories.
Held at Mount Cotton Training Centre, the competition was divided into two categories of driving: on-road with a prime mover and single trailer, and off-road with a rigid tipper. The winner of the on-road category was Tasmanian Kerri Connors of Caltas, while the off-road title was claimed by Cameron Simpson of Simpson’s Fuel in Victoria.
Over the two days, the competition was whittled down from 17 drivers in the semi-final, to nine drivers in the final. Kerri Connors used 7.8% less fuel than least efficient driver in this year’s final.
This year Volvo Trucks identified the competitors using the powerful data of Dynafleet. Instead of running a series of heats around the country, Volvo Trucks compared the Dynafleet scores to identify the nation’s best performing drivers.
Analysing the data from Dynafleet made it clear that some drivers were using far less fuel than others to take the same load over the same journey.
Speed, engine and gear use, anticipation and braking, and idle time are all contributing factors for fuel efficient driving, which was difficult on the challenging Mt Cotton circuits.
The sponsors of the Fuel Challenge, Caltex and Michelin, see the competition as an effective way to draw attention to the benefits of fuel-efficient driving, both to businesses and the environment, through the right combination of vehicle, driver, tyres and fuel.
Kerri Connors and Cameron Simpson will represent Australia in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden in September.”