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New Engines Increasing Fuel Efficiency in Trucks

"Fuel is a significant part of our operational cost in the transportation business. And every two percent savings in fuel amounts to about 2,500 gallons that we won't burn weekly. "

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - For Jeff Zsoldos and Volvo Group Trucks, going green is a core value.

"The impact is to help our environment that's one of our core values here at Volvo," said Jeff Zsoldos, of Volvo Group Trucks.

Engineers at Volvo Group Trucks in Hagerstown have been working to make all model 2014 Volvo engines with increased fuel efficiency.

"The product behind me is the new 2013 product that we've been working on for the past three years to really improve fuel efficiency of the engines in the vehicle," said Zsoldos.

Along with fuel efficiency improvements come lower costs for trucking companies like the DM Bowman Inc.

"Fuel is a significant part of our operational cost in the transportation business. And every two percent savings in fuel amounts to about 2,500 gallons that we won't burn weekly. We're operating 330 Volvo Mack trucks in our fleet and they have to be reliable and fuel efficient and it's certainly a big part of us doing business with them," said Jim Ward of DM Bowman Inc.

So while all this fuel-efficient technology helps customers reduce their fuel consumption, it also affects nearly everyone who purchases consumer goods. 

"Everything is basically delivered via trucks one way or the other. So it's important that we try to improve the fuel efficiency in CO2 foot print. That's what we strive to do," said Zsoldos.

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