Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge reduced emissions with 8 000 tonnes of CO2

Dagab Backa won the most pristigeous prize as the European Champion in the Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge.

During 2019, more than 9 000 drivers participated in the Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge. The competition was a great success where about 60 companies, organized through 114 teams with approximately 4 100 vehicles, participated. Dagab Backa won the most prestigeous prize as the European Champion.

Addsecure-owned Fleet Management Systems provider Vehco, today announced the results from its competition within Eco-Driving 2019. The competition, called “Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge”, is voluntary among Vehco’s customers and it is based on the Vehco Eco-Driving Index . The driving behavior has improved during the competition. When Vehco analysed the data, the improved behavior proved to deliver major fuel savings . When comparing the result 2019 with 2017 (when the challenge started), Vehco’s estimate shows that the competing companies reduced their total consumption by approximately 2998 000 liters of diesel, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions of approximately 7915 tons and savings of about 3 298 000 €.

To make the competition even more exciting, the 60 competing companies are divided into 6 different classes based on country (SE, NO, FI, DK, DE, FR) and in one class for bus operators in Europe. Further, Vehco has also followed the companies with the best improvements during the year and best Eco-driving momentum. During the competition Vehco has continuously updated a performance chart on the company’s website to keep all stakeholders informed about the leaders. ​Read more here

Dagab won the European Champion title
Finally, Dagab Backa became the European Champion, winning both the Swedish class and totally. See the winners in each class in the table below.

Company Competition class Vehco Eco-Driving Index, Q4 2020
Dagab Team Backa Transport company, Sweden 89
Isaksson Karlsson, Team Växjö Bus Operators (EU) 82,3
Ahola Team AT Cargo Transport company, Finland 82,2
Transports PROUHEZE PARADIS Transport company, France 80,9
Litra Gass Transport company, Norway 76
Danwerth Spedition KG Transport company, Germany 73,2
Arla Foods Transport company, Denmark 72,3

Best improvers
In the Challenge, it is also possible to win prize for the best yearly improvement of the index, see the three best improvers below.

Company Competition class Improvement 2020
Thygesen Transport Best improver 16
Road Cargo Team Gävle Second best improver 14,5
Samat Team Atlantique Third best improver 10,3

Best Eco Momentum
To measure the total impact of eco-driving, Vehco follows up Eco Momentum for each company in the competition. Hence, Eco Momentum is the number of drivers multiplied by the index improvement for each company. See the three companies with best eco-momentum is presented in the table below.​

Company Competition class Average Index Q4
Thygesen Transport Best Eco-Momentum 1008
Ahola Transports Second best Eco-Momentum 930
Widéns Åkeri Third best Eco-Momentum 434

Great commitment among customers
During theChallenge, the interest from Vehco’scustomers has grownandpeople who are working to improve driving behavior and reduced fuel consumption/environmental impacthave showna great commitmentfor thecompetition.

–Dagab’s development within Eco-Driving continues with the help of Vehco. This year is the third year we are on the podium (!). The whole journey has been fantastic for everyone involved. We care a lot about our CO2 footprint and the environment within Dagab and Axfood. We are very pleased with all the individual improvements that many of our drivers have made during our Eco-Driving program. We look forward to 2020 together with Vehco, says Per Rudholm,Transport Manager,Dagab Inköp & Logistik.

Online award ceremony to reduce CO2
In previous years, Vehco has invited the winners of the competition to an award ceremony at Vehco’s head office in Gothenburg. This year, local ceremonies were conducted in parallel in each country to reduce travel and CO2 emissions. All ceremonies were linked together through a joint video conference, so that the awards ceremony was according to the model “Eurovision Song Contest”. In conjunction with the ceremony, the various companies shared their experiences with each other and Vehco how they worked to succeed with Eco-Driving.

Press contact Johan Stråkander, Marketing Manager Vehco AB, Tel +46 (0) 31 64 51 23, [email protected]