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DAF Moves To Maximise Transport Efficiency

As 2015 got under way and the holidays faded into memory, DAF announced a package of innovations designed to maximise transport efficiency for operators of their trucks.

The DAF Transport Efficiency programme has been launched this year
These measures include enhancements to the excellent PACCAR MX engine to improve economy, as well as a host of other technologies; including Eco Mode, Predictive Cruise Control and Predictive Shifting.

Together, these systems can slash 5% from an operator's fuel bills.

These technologies are joined by improved fenders and air deflectors to further improve fuel economy.

DAF Transport Efficiency programme

This package of solutions is known as the DAF Transport Efficiency programme, which offers services and products which are targeted at getting the best return possible for every kilometre covered by a DAF operator.

DAF is also offering better brake performance, reduced operating costs and MultiSupport Uptime Plus.

The changes to the MX 10.8 litre engine include better oil flow and more efficient combustion, which is the result of a new combustion chamber design, as well as better engine management software and improved fuel injection.

The turbocharger has also been improved to give better flow, and a new camshaft gives optimal valve timing.

The better oil flow results in decreased friction and a dual-stage water pump has been added.

These improvements also result in a more efficient engine brake, which is increased in power by 20% to 360kW when running at 2,000rpm.

This engine brake is now a convincing alternative to a retarder in most situations, and it can be simply operated via a three-stage control on the steering column.

The new engine brake also results in cost and weight savings along with reduced fuel consumption. The engine is now 2% more fuel-efficient, and the new multi-pulse fuel injection system means that it is also quieter in operation.

ECO Mode system

The DAF ECO Mode system is now offered as standard on all DAF's Euro 6 CF and XF trucks.

It reduces engine torque by as much as 10% across the first 11 gears and also helps reduce fuel consumption by around 1%.

In most everyday driving conditions, full acceleration is not needed and maximum torque can be made available to the driver at the simple touch of a button.

Predictive Cruise Control and Predictive Shifting are also offered as an option on the CF and XF. Both of these technologies have been developed in-house by DAF engineers and are focused on delivering even greater transport efficiency.

Predictive Cruise Control deploys modern GPS technology to work out the exact position of the truck and then uses its knowledge of the terrain to predict driving conditions on the next few kilometres.

The satellite system actually looks at the slopes that the truck will encounter and then works out what the ideal speed should be. Predictive Shifting, meanwhile, calculates what the perfect gear selection should be.

Both systems work together by remaining in the highest gear for as long as possible, keeping the truck in the ideal rpm range. The system keeps the truck in this high gear when approaching the top of a hill and then anticipates the decline by injecting less fuel into the engine.
Posted On 20 January 2015
Category: Truck and Trailer News
Tags : daf trucks
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