Volvo FH with I-Save becomes even more efficient, saving up to 10 percent

In News, Volvo4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineAugust 28, 2020

The Volvo FH with I-Save is now being launched in an even more fuel-efficient version that can cut fuel costs by up to 10 percent. This marks a significant improvement of three percentage points on the previous generation.

“Cutting fuel consumption and, as a result reducing CO2 emissions, is crucial for all transport companies, especially those with long haul operations. With the new Volvo FH with I-Save, we give hauliers even greater opportunities to reduce their operating costs and environmental impact,” says Volvo Trucks senior vice president product management Jessica Sandström.

The new Volvo FH with I-Save is part of Volvo Trucks‘ new European product range introduced this northern spring. I-Save includes many fuel-saving solutions, of which the most important is the Volvo D13TC engine. Volvo‘s 13-litre turbo compound engine, launched at the start of 2019, is the company‘s most fuel-effective engine to date.

With the launch of the first-generation Volvo FH with I-Save in 2019, Volvo Trucks showed that this solution could slash the cost of fuel – diesel and AdBlue – by up to seven percent compared with a truck without I-Save equipped with Volvo‘s conventional 13-litre engine. This figure has been confirmed by independent tests as well as customers‘ experience.

“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,” says Sandström.

With the new-generation Volvo FH with I-Save, Volvo Trucks‘ product developers have reduced fuel consumption even further. Through software updates based on user data analysis, the balance between fuel consumption and driveability has been refined and optimised, leading to a further reduction in fuel consumption when driving in Eco mode. 

In addition to an upgrade of I-Save, the new Volvo FH has a more aerodynamic design. To save even more fuel, I-See now has a new function that enables the truck to detect when it´s efficient for the engine to rev up slightly and then freewheel, even on roads that look flat to the human eye.

“This result means that by choosing the new Volvo FH with I-Save, hauliers can reduce their fuel consumption by up to 10 percent compared with an ordinary Volvo FH equipped with our 13-litre engine with Euro 6 step D,” says Sandström. “Even greater savings can be achieved in practice, since most customers who buy the new Volvo FH with I-Save switch from older trucks with higher fuel consumption.” 

The new Volvo FH with I-Save doesn‘t only represent a major step forward in terms of fuel economy. Its optimised torque within a wide rev range also results in smooth driving and delivers the power needed to maintain a high and constant average speed, even in challenging topography.

“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,” says Sandström.

Watch the Volvo FH with I-Shift undergoing fuel testing by a German automotive trade press journalist on the Green Truck Award test route north of Munich