http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.49Change: -0.02
R/$ = 11.88Change: 0.20
Au 1214.08 $/ozChange: 19.92
Pt 1149.50 $/ozChange: 15.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 16, 2012

Saving R60 000 a year on fuel? MAN believes it’s possible.

Back
Bloemfontein|Cape Town|Nelspruit|Pinetown|Port|Port Elizabeth|Africa|Aluminium|Components|Diesel|Engen|MAN Truck & Bus SA|Road|Trucks|Africa|Europe|South Africa|EUR|Energy|Fleet Operator|Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology|Bruce Dickson|Fritz Hellberg|Infrastructure|Power|Truck|BLS|The European Tour|Diesel |Selective Catalytic Reduction Technology
Port||Africa|Aluminium|Components|Diesel|Engen|Road|Trucks|Africa||||Energy||Infrastructure|Power||||
bloemfontein|cape-town|nelspruit|pinetown|port|port-elizabeth|africa-company|aluminium|components|diesel-company|engen|man-truck-bus-sa|road|trucks|africa|europe|south-africa|eur|energy|fleet-operator|selective-catalytic-reduction-technology|bruce-dickson|fritz-hellberg|infrastructure|power|truck|bls|the-european-tour|diesel|selective-catalytic-reduction-technology-technology
© Reuse this



And they’re off.

MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) on Wednesday started its Consistently Efficient Tour 2012, emulating the European event held by its parent company last year.

The seven-city, 4 200 km tour will end on August 31, and will attempt to showcase how the German manufacturer’s TGS EfficientLine range can save fleet operators fuel and, therefore, costs. This is especially important as fuel costs constitute around 40% of a fleet operator’s overall operating expenses, explains MAN Truck & Bus SA deputy CEO Bruce Dickson.

He notes that the South African tour will attempt to outperform the European event.

MAN’s 2011 truck tour traversed ten European countries, travelling 11 500 km, using the manufacturer’s new EfficientLine range of extra-heavy trucks.

The tour proved that a fuel saving of 3 l/100km per EfficientLine truck is possible via the fitment of an aerodynamic package to reduce drag; energy-saving tyres to reduce rolling resistance; improved management of auxiliary power demand from selected components through an air-pressure management unit which automatically cuts out the compressor when it is not in use; lightweight aluminium rims; as well as lighter front axles and suspension to reduce vehicle deadweight.

EfficientLine trucks are also electronically governed to a maximum speed of 85 km/h in order to minimise the exponential influence of speed and power required to overcome wind resistance, adds Dickson.

He also notes that the European tour demonstrated that for every litre of fuel saved, a corresponding 2.63 kg reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is achieved.  

“Our mission is to match and, perhaps, improve on this, even if conditions in South Africa are more arduous,” says Dickson.

At a saving of 2 l/100 km, the operator can, at current diesel prices, save around R40 000 a year per vehicle travelling 200 000 km a year.

A 3 l/100 km fuel-saving would offer a R60 000 yearly saving per truck, and could be expressed as “one free truck for every 35 bought”, says Dickson.

“Furthermore, the TGS EfficientLine’s reduced tare-mass allows for increased payload capacity and, therefore, a more productive rig.”

The local MAN tour will feature three on-highway, long-haul derivatives from the MAN TGS EfficientLine range, available in South Africa only in the second quarter of next year, as well as a TGS 26.480 BLS, a long-haul Euro 5 truck using selective catalytic reduction technology and the urea-based additive, AdBlue, to reduce noxious exhaust emissions.

Each truck will tow a trailer laden to the maximum legally permissible gross combination mass – with maximum South African payload roughly 12 t more than that in Europe.

A standard MAN TGS WW 26.440 BLS 6x4 truck-tractor, towing a fully laden curtainsider superlink  trailer, will be used as a reference vehicle, indicating how much an EfficientLine truck can save in comparison.

The convoy will make pit stops in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Pinetown and Nelspruit, ending its run back in Centurion.

“The road freight industry in South Africa today faces numerous challenges. The rising cost of diesel and competition from new rail and energy pipeline infrastructure are exerting growing pressure on enterprise profitability, making it imperative for truck fleet operators to reduce their operating expenses,” notes Dickson.

“Furthermore, as international supply chains reduce their carbon footprints, so too must local truck fleet operators if they hope to remain competitive.”

MAN has several partners participating in the Consistently Efficient Tour 2012. Engen will be supplying and subsidising roughly a third of the 500 parts per million diesel and the lubricants required for all five tour trucks.

Aerotruck has provided fibreglass aeropackages designed for the EfficientLine trucks and trailers.

Trailer manufacturer Afrit supplied three superlink curtainsider trailers and one triaxle reefer, while Alcoa provided a number of aluminium rims.

Goodyear provided the regional and long-haul energy-saving tyres for all the truck-tractors and their respective trailers.

Signage operation, Graffiti, supplied the necessary mobile branding.

An independent audit and verification of the fuel consumption will be carried out by Fritz Hellberg, founder of Hellberg Transport Management.  

Dickson says the price of the EfficientLine range has not yet been finalised, but estimates that it could be roughly 3% more expensive than a standard MAN TGS truck.


 

Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Automotive News
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
Criticism of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), attributed to the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) at the APDP conference in Johannesburg in May, “lacks perspective and is in many respects...
More
 
 
Latest News
South Africa’s crude steel production dropped by a sizeable 17.2% year-on-year to an estimated 530 000 t in April, amplifying a global trend that saw world steel production decline by a comparatively marginal 1.7% to 135-million tons in the fourth month of the year....
The Treasure the Karoo Action Group (TKAG) on Friday called on government to delay publishing final regulations and issuing rights for shale gas exploration in the Karoo, until a 24-month strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been concluded. TKAG CEO Jonathan...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
While economic forecasts for the African continent are most favourable, African airlines may not be able to benefit from the expected growth in the region’s gross domestic product (GDP), International Air Transport Association VP: Africa Raphael Kuuchi has warned....
The Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) will need to change substantially post 2020, says Metair Investments South African operations COO Ken Lello. “We must not make tweaks. We have to change. What we are doing is not sustainable.”
Banking group Absa’s forecast is for the rand to end the year at around R13 against the dollar, weakening further to R13.50 by 2016, says Absa sectoral analyst Jacques du Toit. He warns that possible interest rate hikes in the US may see capital being pulled from...
The Dispute Resolution Centre at the Bargaining Council for the Civil Engineering Industry (BCCEI) is now open to handle party-to-party disputes. The BCCEI represents the interests of all level four to nine Construction Industry Development Board companies.
FREDRIK JEJDLING Sustainability becomes an important part of a business’ decision-making process
Communications technology firm Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa head Fredrik Jejdling says the company’s commitment to sustainability and corporate responsibility has been integrated into all facets of its operations, which has provided it with sustainable revenue...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96