An independent test for truck efficiency conducted annually by two German trade magazines has become a coveted prize by major truck manufacturers.

Each year, all the manufacturers of heavy trucks in Europe are invited to the Green Truck comparison test.

Apart from a brief hiccup in 2023 – when Scania came second – the Swedish truck-maker has won and been named “Green Truck” for seven out of the last eight tests. Over the longer term, it has won the test nine out of the 14 times that it has been held since the competition began in 201.

Scania Trucks senior vice president Stefan Dorski said his company participated in numerous press tests in Europe “but the Green Truck Award really focuses on what is an absolute core requirement in our industry – offering customers the best possible transport efficiency,”.

“Our Super-based powertrain was introduced in 2021 and brought a new performance level to the market, with its 8 per cent fuel-savings that our customers now benefit from in their daily operations.” 

The annual “Green Truck” test is organised by the magazines Trucker and VerkehrsRundschau. It began in 2011 and has been held 14 times. So far, Scania has scored nine wins in total, four second places and one 5th place (in the very first year). No other brand is even close to Scania’s track record. 

“Ah, the fifth place – that happened long before my tenure started,” Mr. Dorski said.

“Seriously though, we at Scania are very proud and happy at having regained the title as the most efficient long-haul truck in the world.

“Consuming less fuel means that our trucks contribute a lot for curbing CO2 emissions, since so much of the world’s transports is still dependent on combustion engines.” 

The best truck in the test is identified by applying a clever formula that covers all the relevant aspects of being transport-efficient and sustainable: fuel consumption, average speed, used AdBlue volume and the weight of the truck (the lighter the better). 

In the results of the latest test, the Scania truck showed that over 100km, the average difference compared to the runner-up is 0.41 litres of fuel.

Taking into perspective the fact that a long-haul truck travels about 150,000km each year, this makes Scania’s more than 600 litre per year better off than the nearest competitor.

At 7040 kg, the Scania truck was also the lightest vehicle, and achieved the highest average speed, at 79.70km/h.

Scania also introduced an updated version of its CCAP system (Cruise Control with Active Prediction) in May 2023, something that is believed to have given an edge in the test. 

The actual testing takes place on various types of roads (though mainly motorways) in the Munich area.

Everything is closely monitored by the organisers and by staff from the participating manufacturers.

A reference truck is always used to compensate for changing conditions such as head winds, rain, and temperature. 

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