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  • Connectivity and data analytics are creating new opportunities in driver development and coaching. Whether you’re an owner-driver or a fleet manager, this has the potential to improve fuel consumption, uptime and safety.

  • About 1.35 million road users are killed worldwide every year. More than half of them are vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, moped and motorbike riders). When this type of accident involves a heavy truck, it is likely to have very serious consequences. Although the reasons for these accidents are complex and varied, a truck driver’s actions in traffic can help to save lives.

  • When investing in electric trucks, it is essential to plan your routes and operations. If done effectively, this can help make a smooth transition and extend an electric truck’s range.

  • A well-maintained truck is a fuel-efficient truck. Here are some examples of areas where regular upkeep will keep your vehicle in good condition and avoid any unnecessary increases in fuel consumption.

  • Electric trucks open new opportunities for low noise and zero exhaust emissions. Good planning when it comes to routes, driving times and charging opportunities keep productivity high.

  • While charging stations for passenger cars are an increasingly common sight, the same public infrastructure for trucks is virtually non-existent. However, recent developments suggest that this is about to change.

  • How far you can drive in an electric truck? Find out the answer to this question and others about batteries, range and driver impact here.

  • Electric trucks have become reality and a necessity for many transport assignments. Are you operating in urban areas and need some guidance in your next step into electrified transport solutions? Here are some questions to consider.

  • The whole transport industry is facing tough demands to improve its climate impact. To speed up the transition towards more sustainable transports, Volvo Trucks’ objective is for its entire product range to be fossil-free by 2040. Electric trucks will play a key role to achieve this. It may sound as an unrealistic target, but in fact, the switch to electric vehicles is set to go much faster than most have anticipated. Here are some reasons why.

  • There is a lot of buzz around hydrogen and whether it might replace diesel in the future. But how does the technology work? What are the pros and cons of hydrogen? How does it stack up against electric trucks? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about hydrogen fuel cells.

  • The transport industry is slowly waking up to the potential of Bio-LNG as a promising alternative to diesel. And rightfully so. Here are some of the reasons why Bio-LNG (liquefied natural gas) might be the fuel for future long-haul transport.

  • Machine Learning is a term that often get thrown around a lot, particularly in an exaggerated and unrealistic futuristic context. The truth though is that the technology is very much part of our lives already today and benefiting many industries including trucking. Here is a look at what Machine Learning is enabling for logistics and trucking today and what opportunities it could present in the future.

  • Specifying the right engine when buying a new truck is key to getting the most out of your investment. Here is a look at some of the most important concepts.

  • Are you thinking of adding an alternative driveline to your fleet? Changes in regulation, developments in new technology and rising diesel costs are prompting haulage operators to seriously consider non-diesel alternatives. A number of factors mean that LNG (liquefied natural gas) is increasingly proving to be a good and viable option not just in terms of lowering environmental impact but also improving performance and cutting costs. Here are a few reasons why you should consider investing in LNG technology today. Transport companies are waking up to the potential of LNG. In Europe alone, the number of LNG trucks climbed to around 6,000 in 2019 – up from only 170 two years ago. That’s a pretty promising start. And there’s a lot of potential for natural gas to keep growing. Here are a few factors behind that quick growth that could also make LNG a good match for your operation:

  • Many truck owners are trying to survive in highly competitive markets with tight margins, so it’s not surprising that some are tempted to use non-genuine parts in their vehicles. But the short-term savings can easily end up costing you more.

  • With so much talk around the rise of electric vehicles, for a while hydrogen and its potential in the transport industry seemed to be losing ground in the debate around cleaner transport. But is this really the case? Let’s take a look at hydrogen fuel cell technology and its potential as an alternative fuel.

  • In the debate surrounding electric trucks, it is usually the battery that is the main focus of attention when it comes to sustainability. So how clean are electric truck batteries?

  • Did you know that for an average long-haul heavy-duty truck, overcoming air resistance contributes around 10 % to its fuel consumption? The good news is that there are things you can do to lessen the impact.

  • The rise of the circular economy has forced each industry to re-think the linear system of take-make-waste and trucking is no different. Over the years, manufacturers have been trying to give old materials a new life which is presenting interesting opportunities for the transport industry.

  • How we work with sustainability in transport matters. The industry has a direct impact on a number of factors including climate, safety and air quality. It is also key tobuilding an inclusive and sustainable society. As the owner of a haulage firm, incorporating better sustainability practices in your operations can reduce risks, improve efficiency, cut costs, and unlock business opportunities. Increasingly it will also become a prerequisite thanks to greater demand for transparency and better use of resources in the transport industry. But sustainability work can sometimes seem like a hard task to navigate, especially for smaller firms. As Volvo Trucks’ Director of Environment and Innovation, I’ve been working with all aspects of sustainability in the transport sector. Whatever the size of your company or nature of you operations, there are several steps you can take to incorporate sustainability into your business. Here is a look at them:

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