High technology, less fuel

For more than a decade, FT Logistics has played a pivotal role for us in Switzerland and has always been a safe partner on the road, with their trucks delivering our goods reliably from A to B. To make this process more climate-friendly and efficient, the company spent several years researching the current situation and, after a number of tests, was finally able to switch nine trucks to a more efficient engine construction in 2020.

How does this work?

These trucks achieve a higher degree of efficiency for their engines by using additional components such as the so-called Turbo Compound unit. In addition, they are equipped with the map-based I-See Programme. I-See contains a high-resolution topography map to increase the accuracy of positioning via GPS. With the help of stored route information, I-See provides for the best possible use of the vehicle’s kinetic energy, e.g. when it comes to driving up- or downhill.

The Turbo Compound unit together with the I-See programme make up the I-Save package. With I-Save, FT Logistics saves on average 2.1 litres of diesel per 100 km, which equals 6.4 kg CO₂. Another goal of this reduction measure is to increase awareness of the employees and drivers, which is why regular trainings take place now where they are all taught defensive and fuel-efficient driving.

It was a long way for the Swiss company to get this more climate-friendly system on the road, but it was worth it. In 2021, 17 more trucks will be equipped with the I-Save package. “The art is to stand up one more time than you got knocked over,” says Simon Steiner, Head of Transportation with FT Logistics – a motto that we should always keep in mind during our battle against climate change.

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