MAN trucks on tour between Sochi and Moscow
Saving fuel and CO2 even with difficult road conditions? We are your MAN. The 2013 Consistently Efficient Tour through Russia showed just how much fuel MAN’s trucks have the potential to save. MAN tractors put around 10,000 kilometers behind them in one month between the Black Sea, the Urals, and Moscow – and the truck optimized for the Russian market saved up to 3 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers compared with a reference vehicle.
Heavy loads, bad roads in part, traffic, and long uphill journeys are just some of the everyday challenges facing many Russian truck drivers. In August 2013, the MAN Consistently Efficient Tour took place under these tough conditions. The tour wound across the largest country on the European continent with 11 stops from the south-Russian city of Sochi, the venue for the next Winter Olympics, through the Asian metropolis of Jekaterinburg all the way to Moscow.
The vehicles were driven by the Russian test drivers of the Association of international truckers (ASMAP). MAN ProfiDrive trainers for drivers accompanied the tour and ensured that entire journeys were driven cost-effectively while also saving CO2. On the journey MAN compared the fuel consumption of an MAN TGS WW tractor optimized for long-distance Russian transportation with a conventional MAN TGS WW and presented its findings at the Comtrans trade fair in September 2013 in Moscow. The results are clear for all to see: up to 3 liters can be saved per 100 kilometer with the new tractor.
The EfficientLine models are systematically configured to save fuel, through the interaction of components like the aero package, MAN TipMatic automatic transmission, and the tire pressure monitoring system (TPM), as well as daytime running lights and energy tires, for example. The EfficientLine tractor for the Russian market is not an Efficient Line model like those offered in Europe. However, many applications from the Efficient Line package have been incorporated into the vehicle — like an optimized driveline or the aero package to reduce aerodynamic drag. Building the economical MAN TipMatic automatic transmission into the efficiency-optimized Russian truck was particularly important. As is the case with other European Efficient Line packages, driver training with MANProfiDrive in which drivers are given safety training and learn how to drive the vehicles fuel-efficiently is also part of the package. Together, all these aspects can enable less experienced drivers to get the best from their trucks too, reduce the risk of breakdowns, and enable further costs to be saved.
The basis of the optimized truck for the Russian market is a TGS WW that was specially developed for the harsh climate and road conditions all over the world. In order to brave the Russian winter, for example, the driver’s cab features additional isolation. Aluminum tanks and light alloy wheel rims are dispensed with. They would do very little on ailing roads.
Being particularly efficient on Russian roads is not only kind to the environment, but also profitable and pays into the TCO (total cost of ownership) of the haulage companies. In other words, MAN can save fuel and CO2 on the Russian market.
“I’ve been behind the wheel of many trucks, but never experienced any MAN ones. To be honest, I was quite skeptical about them because of my personal preferences and also because we usually use trucks with more horsepower to go through the Ural mountains. However, the TGS WW EL showed that it is not only capable of easily overcoming such difficult obstacles, but also of achieving a very nice performance in terms of fuel consumption.”
Benefit now from even greater efficiency – 6.35% less consumption than the previous model with 20 HP of additional power.