In a recent blog post we discussed how Volvo uses aerodynamics into their optional fuel efficiency packages to help reduce air resistance, which when combined with the power train can increase fuel efficiency from 12 – 16%.

As any trucker knows, improvements of that magnitude will leave a small fortune in the pocket of the truck driver and not the diesel fuel companies. Today we’ll discuss how the power train contributes to this massive savings. For this, we’ll have to start with the D-13 TC (turbo compound) engine. It is the most fuel efficient engine Volvo offers. It utilizes a waste heat recovery system whereby it takes normally wasted heat and turns it into power and energy.

Simply put Volvo knows that to succeed they need to put their customers interests first and foremost.

They do this in countless ways, but one of the ways is through their relentless drive to improve their vehicles fuel efficiency with the goal of leaving more money in the pocket of the driver. But increasing fuel efficiency is no simple task. This has caused Volvo to take a unique approach to this challenge by which they take into account both powertrain as well as aerodynamics in their efforts to improve efficiency. The results that have come from their efforts are nothing short of outstanding, as Volvo now offers different packages that can improve fuel efficiency anywhere from [...]

Has the time for gear jamming finally come to a close?

Hey, we get it, some people love the act of shifting for themselves, but the fact is that there is a better option available.

Volvo’s I-shift transmission.

Lets quickly touch on some of the benefits that any automatic transmission offers when compared to manual before delving into some specifics of the Volvo I-shift transmission.


  1. They’re easier to use on a daily basis, particularly in congested traffic or city driving.


No one likes having to replace parts on their rig.


No one. But when it happens truckers will naturally want to find the most cost effective way to get the issue solved so they can get back out onto the road and get earning money again. Historically when truckers had a worn out or damaged truck component they could choose between replacing it with new parts, or they could opt to reduce the cost by buying rebuilt or refurbished parts.

While rebuilt parts are typically cheaper, the concern/ issue is rebuilders often only repair the specific failed or worn pieces, and they don’t always bring [...]

Truck drivers have their priorities.


For most their top priority will be safety (hopefully), but immediately after that will most likely be mileage… as in getting as much fuel mileage as possible! It doesn’t take a genius to know that the further you can go on a single tank of fuel means your job will be easier, you’ll probably get home sooner and make more money in the process! Thankfully the engineering team at Volvo is completely onboard with this and has you covered when it comes to increasing the mileage your Volvo rig can travel on a tank of diesel.

Hence Volvo offers various [...]

Truckers learn things fast.

Heck any trucker worth their salt will clue into all kinds of things they had never considered even after just a few short months (or weeks!) of behind the wheel. It’s not surprising. With the amount of time truckers spend in their rigs as those kilometers roll by, they have loads of time to think, consider and pay attention to things that others might miss. One of those things that they will soon enough pick up on is that it really is the small things that make a big difference. While this holds true for almost everything in life, driving a rig is no exception. Fortunately, the engineers at Volvo [...]

As the world of automobiles, which includes heavy rigs makes the inevitable shift from combustion engines to electric vehicles the following question is one consideration which will not change and stays consistent…

How can I get more kilometers between fueling/ charging. Whether you’re trying to increase the amount of time between “gassing up” or increase the amount of time between “charging up”, covering as much distance on your existing energy source is the key to job efficiency and profitability. So, while fuel costs may no longer be as acute a concern, getting the most distance out of your charge is still vital to your livelihood.

How does someone [...]

While it could be one of the worst kept secrets ever, the world of automobile transportation (which includes heavy trucks and rigs) is progressively going electric.

Shocker right? (See what we did there 😉 Here at Gerrys Truck Centre one of the first questions out of every prospective electric Volvo rig buyer’s mouth is…

“How far can these things go on a full charge?”

While it’s a perfectly fair question that we’re happy to answer there are some variables that come into play before we can give an answer. The first variable to consider is it depends on the vehicle [...]

We’ll start with some brutally obvious statements.

For a heavy truck or rig to be of any value it needs to move. Forward momentum is key! Without it, those deliveries just don’t happen and you don’t get paid! As soon as you accept that, it doesn’t take long for the next equally important realization to kick in, you also need to be able to stop these road behemoths. While this applies equally to both combustion engine rigs as well as electric rigs, what doesn’t apply equally is how the braking is done between the two.

Yes, electric trucks do have a different braking system than combustion engine vehicles… [...]

The world we all live in is shifting and changing faster than it likely ever has in the past. It seems that on a daily basis we are relentlessly exposed to new technological innovations, and these innovations come a host of new and often interesting words to help us understand (or further confuse us on) the new technologies.


Having said all of that, the new and interesting word (well actually phrase) we will discuss today, which didn’t exist even just a few years ago, is “regenerative braking.” You are probably well advised to understand this new term for a couple of reasons. First regenerative braking is a technology that will probably soon enough become something [...]

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