Volvo crowns Australia’s most fuel efficient drivers

Volvo Trucks has found Australia's most fuel-efficient truck drivers as part of its annual Volvo Drivers' Fuel Challenge.

The two-day competition was held from 20-21 July at Mount Cotton Training Centre, and crowned a winner in two categories of driving: on-road with a prime mover and single trailer, and off-road with a rigid tipper both on- and off-road driving.

Tasmanian Kerri Connors (pictured above) of Caltas was the winner of the on-road category, while Cameron Simpson (pictured below) of Victoria's Simpson's Fuel won in the off-road category.

“Both drivers can be extremely proud of their achievement, not least because we think this competition was tougher than usual because of the way we selected the competitors,” said Mitch Peden, Vice President of Volvo Trucks Australia.

This year Volvo Trucks identified the competitors using the powerful data of Dynafleet. Instead of running a series of heats around the country, Volvo Trucks compared the Dynafleet scores to identify the nation’s best performing drivers.

“All competitors had consistently demonstrated fuel-efficiency while driving fully- laden trucks on genuine commercial journeys,” said Peden. 

“Consistency like that over months is a lot harder to achieve than getting lucky on a single day.”

According to Volvo, 17 drivers took part in the semi-final, and nine drivers made it through to the final.

“Highlighting the huge impact every driver has on a company’s fuel consumption, out of the nine drivers in the final, Kerri completed the challenging on- road course using 7.8 per cent less fuel than the least efficient driver in this year’s final, and keeping in mind these are the best of the best,” said Peden.

“In a real-world scenario, that equates to massive savings for operators.

“Some may call it a coincidence, but both winners in this year’s competition have received training in the past by Volvo’s expert Product Trainers, which shows how much of an advantage operators can get with some driver training.

“Fuel-efficient drivers are also safer drivers, because they’re paying that much more attention to what they’re doing out there on the road.

“We’re very proud of the achievement of Kerri Connors and Cameron Simpson, and we’re looking forward to seeing them represent Australia in the final in Gothenburg, Sweden in September.”

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