Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s annual Fuelwatch Challenge, which first started in 2010, has returned for the 8th time this year and has so far mentored more than 4,450 truck drivers from all over the country on how to enhance their driving competency and behaviour to be more fuel efficent and safer drivers on the roads.
Out of this, seven lucky Malaysian truck drivers who scored the highest in the nationwide preliminary rounds will be given the opportunity to compete against one another in a fuel efficiency test in the Fuelwatch Challenge Malaysia Finals. The winning champion will then participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge – World Final in Sweden that judges and more importantly, teaches skill, concentration, knowledge, and discipline.
With the annual monsoon deluge and natural disasters regularly affecting thousands living in the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia, getting relief supplies to them can often be burdensome and usually difficult for humanitarian organisations such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
Arriving in triumph and bright sunshine at the ancient capital of the Middle Empire, at the end of over 700 kilometres of liaison, the competitors on the 2017 Silk Way Rally were all smiles. Cancelled following heavy overnight rain in the Zhongwei region, the last 100,67 km special was transformed into a lap of honour for the competitors and their assistance, coming to the end of 15 days and nearly 10 000 km of racing that was varied and demanding for both man and machine.
After a well-deserved rest day in Urumqi, Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO was back on board late Monday. This morning Artur Ardavichus left the bivouac at 7.36 ahead his teammates and drove carefully behind the wheel of his IVECO Powerstar, finishing Stage 9 from Urumqi to Hami in a good position. “Today it was a very hard day – confirmed the pilot – The stage was really tough, with dunes and gravel: to make it to the end it was necessary to drive not too fast but not even too slow. I think otherwise not all the trucks would have arrived at the end of the stage.” The newest driver of the team is still firmly in the 5th place of the overall ranking.
From various aspects of the commercial vehicle industry delegates gathered for an afternoon seminar on the Future of Transportation to listen to speakers from Shell, DHL and Scania.
Co-Produced by Shell and Asian Trucker, the seminar on “The Future of Transportation”, hosted in Singapore on 12 July, saw an overwhelming response from the market with a full house. Mark Cameron, Regional Director, Scania South Malaysia and Singapore, and Country Manager, Scania Singapore, began his address to business people in the Commercial Vehicle industry, by showing a picture of a transportation hub in 2030. “Does this represent the transportation situation of the future?” he asked. “When I get to the end of my presentation I will ask this question again.”
On Kostanay-Astana stage (total distance 908.80 km of which 2 special stages of 373.40 km), the Silk Way Rally route entered Kazakhstan for the third time. Once again the breathtaking lakes and canyons, mountain plateaus and ravines challenged the racers, putting to the test their piloting skills and adaptability to surface conditions.
Michelin Malaysia has launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of preoccupation with the date of manufacture of the product as numerous research had proven that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Using bananas and its limited shelf life and freshness as an example, Michelin aims to educate motorists that the countdown on the life of the tyre began with the date of fitment and dedication to regular tyre care rather than an overemphasis on the date of manufacture.
The third stage of Silk Way Rally 2017 took the competitors across the border into Kazakhstan after a “special” of about 330 km and a total distance of 876,39 km. The three IVECO trucks completed the last of the three stages in Russian territory in the top ten of the overall ranking. Once again, Ton Van Genugten was the man of the day as he finished just 3 minutes 39 seconds behind the first. He drove carefully without taking risks and this tactic paid off, after the slippery tracks of the first two stages and the amazing passages of across the river, the experienced Dutchman is now in fifth place in the truck category overall ranking.
The second special stage of the Silk Way Rally 2017 took the drivers from Tcheboksary to Ufa. Team leader Gerard de Rooy was the great protagonist of a perfect special stage on board his #302 IVECO Powerstar. He started behind the other Dutchman of the team and finished second, improving his overall placement. After two stages on very difficult terrain, De Rooy lies in second in the partial general classification.
In a short special of just 61 timed kilometres, Dutchman Ton van Genugten’s IVECO Trakker finished in third place, just over 2 minutes behind the winner and ahead of teammates Gerard de Rooy’s and Artur Ardavichus’s IVECO Powerstars.
Biodiesel is one of the viable substitute for diesel, but implementation comes at a price. Alternative fuel or green fuel has been a hot discussion topic for some time, especially for fleet owners, small businesses and owners alike. It is a viable solution which is proving to be cost effective due to long term savings, plus it is much greener than the regular diesel. It is widely used in countries like Norway, Sweden and Germany, where diesel has been replaced with alternatives such as biodiesel, electricity, ethanol, hydrogen, natural gas and propane.