Second generation of the OM 471 for Peetz.

Lower fuel consumption, more torque.

Second generation of the OM 471 engine for Peetz.

Photos: Matthias Aletsee

Efficient teamwork.

His path to the executive chair meant a stint in the driver’s cab for Markus Peetz. It was his father’s idea. He said, “Before you become the boss, you should spend time working as a truck driver. That way, you’ll know exactly what the girls and boys out there on the road really do, and nobody will be able to pull the wool over your eyes.” So when he embarked on his career in the family-owned company, Markus Peetz began by delivering transport orders in his truck.

Markus Peetz and Manuela Ebersberger-Peetz.

He also worked in the repair shop, where he extended the technical know-how he had gained during his apprenticeship as a mechatronics engineer before taking his master’s certificate.

Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 tractor.

A 104-strong fleet of trucks.

That was in the early 1990s, but even today Peetz still benefits from the basic knowledge he picked up during that time. For example, when he manages the company’s 104-strong fleet of trucks or when he faces investment decisions regarding the motor pool of Spedition Ludwig Peetz. The transport and logistics company, based in Weisendorf near Nuremberg, is currently in the process of replacing its first batch of Actros trucks, which have been in operation for four years, with brand-new vehicles of the same model. These trucks are the first in Europe to have been equipped with second-generation OM 471 engines.

More than 2.5 million litres of diesel per year.

Economical strength.

“Equipped with the second-generation OM 471 engine, the Actros consumes around 3% less fuel on average than its predecessor model, which was configured in a similar way and performed the same operations.”

The savings in consumption were most obvious on the nightly network routes that Ludwig Peetz operates to link several plants belonging to major industrial companies. These routes are mostly driven at constant speeds and here the “newcomer” was close to 5% more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Every drop counts.

The 104 trucks in the Ludwig Peetz fleet clock up around nine million kilometres each year. Every percentage point saved in diesel consumption increases the company’s competitiveness, as the purchasing agents of Peetz’ customers, all major industrial companies, pay close attention to fair market prices. The Video including statements from the entrepreneur Markus Peetz can be found on RoadStars.

One of the 104 trucks in the Ludwig Peetz fleet.

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