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Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2016 Comes to An End

Published On Sep 19, 2016By Lisa Pradhan

The 10th edition of the Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge, hosted by Volvo Trucks, came to an end last week. The event comprised of a series of national competitions across the region, and the final race by 14 top contestants concluded at the Falkenberg Racetrack in Sweden. While Mr. Hsu Chin-lung from China bagged the top spot, Mr. Anil Reddy, the driver participating from India, emerged as the first runner-up, with marginal difference from the winner.

Mr. Janghyun Son, owner of Moa ICT (that transports aggregate and construction waste in Korea) and a truck driver himself, was crowned as the most fuel-efficient driver in the off-road category for registering 14 percent less fuel consumption as compared to fellow contestants. Hsu Chin-lung, the winner, is a professional driver at a big transportation company of Petrol Chemistry in Taiwan. He was able to achieve a record 32 percent less fuel as compared to the highest amount of fuel used during the championship.

Mr. Anil Reddy, the 1st runner up in the off-road category and a mining truck driver at SV Engineering (India), was the national champion for the Fuelwatch Challenge in India. Mr. Reddy expressed his enthusiasm over the event and said that he was proud to be a Volvo truck driver. He is also looking forward to share his learning from the Fuelwatch event and spread awareness on the importance of fuel efficiency among fellow drivers back in India.

Congratulating the winners on their achievements, Heléne Mellquist, President of Volvo Trucks International, said, “The great performances offered by our contestants underline the importance of the driver when it comes to achieving optimal fuel efficiency. This competition is all about sharing insights to improve drivers’ performance and benefit businesses in the long run.”

Full of praise for Anil Reddy, GV Rao, Director, Product, Brand and Marketing, Volvo Trucks India, who led Volvo trucks’ Indian contingent to Gothenburg, said, “It’s a proud moment for India and its driver community. With each edition of fuel watch, competition is becoming more and more intense and Indian drivers are becoming increasingly competitive to contest and win at the global competition. The competition like this signifies the importance of driving behavior and its contribution towards achieving higher fuel efficiency, productivity and safety.”

The Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge is aimed to optimize performance at minimum cost to businesses, society and environment. From its year of inception at 2007, more than 15,000 drivers have participated in the event, turning into ambassadors of the Fuelwatch community in order to promote an industry for better fuel-efficency and to maximize profitability.

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