Volvo Trucks delivers 25,000th truck equipped with remote diagnostics uptime support

Volvo Trucks delivers 25,000th truck equipped with remote diagnostics uptime support

Volvo Trucks’ Remote Diagnostics connected vehicle platform is now providing proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance to 25,000 trucks throughout the U.S. and Canada. Averitt Express of Cookesville, Tenn. recently took delivery of and put into service the 25,000th truck, a Volvo VNL 670. The Cookeville, Tenn.-based transportation and supply chain management provider now operates 700 Volvo trucks equipped with the system of vehicle management tools.

“Fuel efficiency and vehicle uptime remain two of our greatest focal points as we continually work to increase the value of ownership for Volvo customers,” said Göran Nyberg, president, Volvo Trucks North American sales and marketing. “A single day of additional uptime delivers about the same cost savings as a 2% fuel efficiency improvement yields during the course of a year. Knowing the tremendous value of uptime, we continue to invest heavily throughout our organization to help keep our customers on the road and making money.”

Uptime Center
Volvo will open a new building in the fall at its Greensboro, N.C. headquarters to accommodate expanding aftermarket and support capabilities. Roughly one-third of the 123,000-square-foot facility will serve as a dedicated Uptime Center housing Volvo Action Service (VAS), Volvo’s 24/7 support team. VAS agents receive alerts via Remote Diagnostics when monitored fault codes appear. They then work with the customer’s defined decision maker to establish a course of action. VAS also works with the designated repair facility to ensure parts are on-hand before a truck arrives at a service location, helping maximize vehicle uptime.

Dealer Investments
Coupled with the efficiency gains achieved through Remote Diagnostics, ongoing Volvo dealer investments continue to improve the efficiency of Volvo’s dealer network and itsability to support customers. Volvo Trucks dealers across North America have invested more than $350 million since 2010, including more than 50 new facilities or significant renovations and more than 20 planned or underway. The investments have resulted in a 54% increase in technicians, including more than a 150% increase in Volvo master technicians. Now, more than 25% of Volvo technicians are certified master technicians. Service bay capacity has increased 31 percent, while parts inventory has increased 37% and the number of parts department employees has increased 68%.

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