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Predictive Powertrain Control retrofit for the Actros.

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Predictive Powertrain Control retrofit for the Actros.
Photos: Sebastian Vollmert
Roger Walser, driver at Hasler Transport AG.

General cargo business.

Cardboard boxes full of aluminium cans, along with ergotrainers and small tubs of foam cleaner, all safely packaged on pallets. “We essentially transport everything, with the exception of bulk goods and animals,” says Roger Walser. As he speaks, a transport cradle next to him loaded with half a dozen moto-cross bikes is pushed through the transhipment warehouse. Walser is a driver at Hasler Transport AG. The 45 trucks in the fleet of the haulier operate throughout Switzerland. They usually carry general cargo. “We pick up the goods at the customers’ premises, tranship them here and deliver them next day at the latest,” says Bruno Lusti, one of the managing directors of the company with its 75 employees.

Seven retrofitted Actros.

Sustained success requires the maximum efficiency of each individual company. “A central element of control is fuel consumption.” says Lusti. Hasler recently secured an additional pillar of support in this field in the form of Predictive Powertrain Control, the anticipatory cruise control system from Mercedes-Benz. It further reduces the consumption level of the already economical Actros by linking GPS data with topographic maps and Mercedes PowerShift 3.

Managing director Bruno Lusti (r.) and driver Roger Walser take a look at the consumption analysis.

Managing director Bruno Lusti (r.) and driver Roger Walser take a look at the consumption analysis.

Operating economically.

The consumption of the trucks fitted with Predictive Powertrain Control has been lowered to the desired extent. “Our monthly evaluations show that the trucks manage with an average of over 5% less fuel.” An excellent result, last but not least with an eye to the rather low share of long-distance roads in the total number of trips in Switzerland. In view of the company’s annual fuel intake so far of 700 000 to 800 000 litres, the investment pays off.

Mercedes-Benz Actros at Hasler Transport AG with Predictive Powertrain Control on board.

“No doubt about it, the system has a future!”More about Predictive Powertrain Control retrofit at RoadStars.

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