In June 2009, with Premium Optifuel, Renault Trucks became the first manufacturer to offer its customers a formula combining the sale of a truck with a set of tools and services designed to reduce fuel consumption. This original formula has just earned a prize during the XVIth European Transport Awards which took place in Madrid. Referring to Premium Optifuel, the judges stated it to be, "a vehicle featuring an intelligent mixture of technology and IT which shows that average fuel savings of 6.4% can be achieved, together with a reduction in noise levels and polluting emissions." This award recognises the several years Renault Trucks has spent working in this area and highlights its Optifuel Solutions, which give customers a practical and sustainable means of reducing fuel consumption, operating costs and CO2 emissions.
During the presentation ceremony at the XVIth European Transport Awards, the jury, made up of haulage industry professionals, presented Renault Trucks with the Europa Innovation Prize for its Premium Optifuel, the vehicle which has been able to reduce fuel consumption by combining technology and service. Made up of transport professionals from the Spanish Confederation of Goods Transport (CETM) and journalists from Professional Transport magazine, the jury stressed that this represented, "a genuine innovation and an intelligent combination of technology and IT which shows that average fuel savings of 6.4%, together with lower noise and polluting emissions, are achievable." We should not forget that this figure of 6.4% lower fuel consumption has been certified by the TÜV, an independent German organisation.
Franck Carpentier, operational marketing director for Renault Trucks Spain-Portugal, sees this award as, "An acknowledgement of the many years' work devoted to optimising consumption and constantly improving Optifuel Programme services, so that customers can reduce their costs easily, efficiently and sustainably."