The transport logistics expert Finsterwalder and the freight forwarder Hempowicz are the winners of the fuel efficiency competition of Continental

Beat-the-Best: The winner needs more than 3.5 liters less fuel

• The transport logistics expert Finsterwalder and the freight forwarder Hempowicz are the winners of    the fuel efficiency competition of Continental
• Road resistance contributes most to optimizing economic efficiency
• Premium tires also decrease CO2 emissions

3.57 – 2.71 – 1.91: What reads like three randomly chosen numbers at first glance, stands in concrete relation. The numbers relate to the achieved under-consumptions of the winners of the fuel efficiency competition “Beat-the-Best” by Continental this year. The competition already started its fifth round in 2013. Again, 16 freight forwarders from all federal states were selected to test, with 2 drivers each for six month, how they can save fuel and thus money in daily business operation using the new L2/R2 tire generation from Continental. The consumption numbers were compared to the numbers from the time period of six months before the change to premium tires. The three participants with the highest savings were awarded with fuel vouchers amounting to EUR 600, 400 and 200.

This time, unchallenged at the top of the list was Steffen Hemann from Finsterwalder Transport and Logistik GmbH with an under-consumption of 3.57 liters. The group with numerous locations, amongst others in Türkheim (Allgäu), Halle upon Saale, Gelsenkirchen in the Ruhr Valley, Venlo (Netherlands) and Tartu (Estonia), offers with over 1,200 employees and good 260 vehicles holistic logistics solutions for industry and trade. Due to high pressure from competition and the diesel prices which have been rising for years, the topic of fuel efficiency is of high significance within the company. “The consumptions are evaluated through telematics on a daily basis, and on a regular basis there are driving trainings and driver courses on schedule,” says Hellmut Falke, fleet manager. Continental’s competition serves as proof that the tires have significant influence on fuel costs. „Thus, besides high mileages, we will also pay specific attention to optimized road resistance when choosing tires in future,” says Hellmut Falke. The fact that the overall CO2 balance of the company can be improved is here another reason for said measures.

Optimizing road resistance leads to higher cost-effectiveness and lower environmental burden
“The fact that this is more than justified show mathematical calculations, which show that one percent of optimizing the road resistance has about the same effect as 7 percent of optimizing mileages,” emphasizes Dr. Marko Multhaupt, manager marketing and sales replacement market Nfz-Tires for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Here, Continental has been a market leader for many years. Thanks to a changed belt-construction and an intelligent profile design, the new tires of the new generation have a lower road resistance, on average, by five percent, despite their bigger profile volume in comparison to their predecessors. The patented AirKeep®-Technology also contributed here; it hinders the air pressure to sneak out slowly and, thus, prevents the herewith involved higher road resistance as well as higher fuel consumption. Also an important fact is the decrease in CO2 emissions connected to the lower fuel consumption.

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