All of this is evaluated once a month by Scania trainer Joar Turesson together with the drivers at Blondie Logistic. Every eight to ten weeks, he meets Mike Dahl to discuss what has been achieved and what steps should be taken next. As the haulage company boss puts it: “Investing in environmental compatibility doesn’t take long to pay off financially.” These days, when Fredrik is on the road in his truck, his diesel consumption is down by three to four liters per 100 kilometers. Every year, Blondie Logistic’s new Scania trucks cover up to 500,000 kilometers on Swedish motorways. This, according to Mike Dahl’s calculations, quickly adds up to annual savings of as much as €12,000 per vehicle. He also explains that maintenance costs are lower because the more restrained driving style is gentler on the trucks’ mechanics.
ECO-FIT – The trucks are fitted with reduced
rolling resistance tires, while large air
deflectors on the roof of the tractor unit
help to reduce air resistance.
When Mike Dahl bought the vehicles, Scania experts were already at hand to provide him with advice on minimizing fuel consumption. For instance, the Blondie trucks are equipped with reduced rolling resistance tires, while a large air deflector on the roof of the tractor unit helps to reduce air resistance.
Scania is currently bringing its “Ecolution” concept to other markets, having set the ball rolling in Sweden and Germany in 2011. All major European markets are scheduled to follow by the end of 2012, together with several markets in South America. “Ecolution by Scania” also has South Africa and Australia firmly in its sights. Blondie Logistic boss Mike Dahl has long been a firm believer in Scania’s green thinking. He also knows that he can count on Scania’s valuable support in his efforts to use “green transport” logic to win over customers in the highly competitive haulage market. “Whether maintenance, driver training, or analyzing, evaluating and maintaining data resources – Scania takes a lot of work off my hands. I would never be able to manage all this without them.” Instead, he uses the time to bring his green idea to a wider audience. For instance, Blondie Logistic offers local schoolchildren highly coveted internships at the haulage company. And, needless to say, safeguarding resources is a fixed part of their curriculum.