Volvo Trucks Reduces Fuel Consumption With New Rear Axle

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Swedish manufacturer Volvo Trucks is taking a step forward in reducing fuel costs in heavy long-haul transports, with the use of a new rear axle that reportedly cuts fuel consumption by up to two percent compared with today’s hub-reduction axles.

The new RSS1360 rear axle is a solo axle with single reduction designed for trucks with high engine power and gross combination weights of up to 60 tonnes. In other words, vehicles built for demanding long-haul duties carrying heavy loads and traveling at high average speeds.

This means that for the first time Volvo FH16 customers they can now specify a solo axle without hub reduction, making it possible to cut fuel consumption by up to two percent. The axle has a generous selection of ratios, allowing the driver to optimize the overall gearing in the best possible way.

"Low fuel consumption is always a high-priority issue and for customers working in long-haul operations, whose vehicles may cover several hundred thousand kilometers a month, a reduction of a couple of percent represents a major cost saving," stated Hayder Wokil, product manager for the long-haul segment at Volvo Trucks.

“The trend in Europe shows an increasing shift towards more powerful trucks and larger vehicle rigs. The introduction of the new rear axle is one of many measures from Volvo designed to show that efficient and fast transports can also be very economical,"
added Wokil.

The RSS1360 can be specified for Volvo's FH and FM ranges and is available on both rigids and tractors. The new solo axle will be gradually introduced on various markets during 2011 and 2012, starting in June this year.
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