When purchasing a truck, customers can find that a favourable purchase price ends up costing them dear. This is because the biggest savings are made not at the time the vehicle is purchased, but afterwards.
After all, the procurement costs for a Mercedes-Benz truck in Europe represent only some ten percent of the overall operating costs of a truck on the basis of an operating period of 48 months. The remaining 90 percent arise while the vehicle is being used and are distributed across the following factors: fuel, staff, maintenance and repairs, administration, tolls, taxes and insurance, other. At the end of the day, therefore, what really counts is the lowest possible total cost of ownership.
Our vehicles regularly demonstrate their economic efficiency in "Fuel Duels".
Interaction between vehicles, infrastructure and logistics system
As trucks have now attained efficiency levels for fuel consumption and CO2 emissions which would have seemed virtually impossible only a few years ago, it is now important to consider vehicles in the overall context of the logistics chain and the transport system as far as the future course of development is concerned. This is because the potential for increasing efficiency in the future is to be found in particular in the interaction between vehicles, infrastructure and logistics systems. The path to this has been prepared by the assistance and telematics systems which are already available today. Proximity Control Assist, Stop-and-Go Assist and the anticipatory cruise control system Predictive Powertrain Control are in place, as are the FleetBoard telematics products for vehicle and transport management to apps for drivers and operators. A key factor is the reduction of downtime, which can be achieved through optimal maintenance and service planning.
Success in the haulage sector depends on having the right technology. And the right know-how. A reduction in fuel consumption of up to 10 percent can be attained merely be adopting an optimised driving style. This is why Daimler Trucks offers driver training for professional drivers through its Mercedes-Benz, FUSO and Freightliner brands. By professionals for professionals. Qualified trainers ensure that truck drivers are able to operate their vehicles even more economically and safely. And they do so under real conditions – at the wheel of a truck.