For every gallon of gas, 8.9 kgs/19.4 lbs of greenhouse gases are emitted into our atmosphere. On an average 8 cylinder gas vehicle the fuel consumption is 0.977 gal per hour. If engine temperature is low it can reach 1.45 gal per hour. Some vehicles spend 50 – 85% of their day idling based on their function.
If American motorists idled just three minutes less a day for one year, CO2 emissions would be reduced by 7.8 million tons. That’s equivalent of taking 1,400,000 cars off of the road.
It’s estimated that Americans burn as much as 3.8 million gallons (1.4B gallons annually) of gasoline through unnecessary idling – producing 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide every single day, or 13,000,000 tons annually.
The benefit of putting the GRIP System in place is to achieve the goals of this reduction of greenhouse gases and not to change the daily routine of the operator.
Taking into consideration the rising cost of fuel, maintenance costs and replacement of vehicles the GRIP tackles all three of these issues. Having the GRIP shut down a vehicle for unnecessary idle is an immediate solution to fuel consumption issues. Quite simply if the vehicle is not running it is not using fuel. This in turn will have a direct impact on the maintenance and replacement schedules. Less engine hours result in a greater duration between scheduled maintenance, and as well vehicles will not need to be replaced as frequently considering the fact that their actual running time will be less.
Reducing unnecessary idling by 1 hour per day can save as much as 0.977gal of gasoline. That’s 244.4gal a year – or $904.28 over the course of a year at $3.70/gal and 4,625 fewer lbs of carbon emissions.
The second opportunity for savings comes from extending the working life of your vehicle. It’s been shown that idling for one hour has an equivalent level of wear-n-tear as driving 32.85 miles. Using the same scenario as above – reducing unnecessary idling by 1 hour a day is equivalent to driving your vehicle 8543 fewer miles each year.
The third opportunity is a natural extension of the second. If idle reduction results in a reduction in an engine’s natural wear-and-tear, it stands to reason that the vehicles PM schedule can be adjusted to take this into account, meaning a reduction in:
A unique feature about the GRIP is that it can be programmed specific to the environment that the vehicle is operated in. Harsh climates, operator tendencies, and vehicle functions can all be adjusted for in the programming section of the screen. The information section of the screen will allow fleet managers and supervisors to observe the idling tendencies for their fleet in order to make educated decisions on program settings in order to further benefit their fleet. All of these adjustments can be made by a fleet supervisor or manager through the programming screen of the GRIP system.
Below is a video from the MTO explaining how they are greening their fleet, and how the GRIP has been a part of that processes.
One of the unique features of this system is that input from the operator is also vital to the operation of the system. The operator has the ability to control the climate of the vehicle with a simple push of a button. Since the GRIP monitors batteries and auxiliary optional equipment as well, it allows the operator to perform all tasks as normal. The only difference being the vehicle will be shut down for unnecessary idle without compromising the operators function ability, comfort or safety. The GRIP system doesn’t just simply shut down your vehicle when it idles; it has been designed with the user in mind keeping the vehicle operating experience practically the same.