There’s no question that reducing fleet idling is always positive for fleet managers, companies, and our planet in general.
Idling for more than 10 seconds is far more harmful to a vehicle than restarting its engine; it damages spark plugs, which can lead to an increase in fuel consumption; vehicle exhaust is one of the leading causes of air pollution. (ref: NRCAN)
With all that said, fleets would be crazy not to reduce their idling, right?
It turns out that reducing fleet idling has far more benefits than the glaringly obvious environmental impacts and cost reductions. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of the hidden benefits to reducing fleet idling that you might not be aware of.
Reducing fleet idling reduces maintenance intervals and costs.
Did you know that 1 hour of idling is equal to 32.9 miles (52km) of engine wear (that doesn’t show up in your mileage)? These “ghost miles” have a significant impact on a vehicle’s wear and tear, and result in increased trips to the maintenance shop, worn out parts, damaged engines, and much more.
By reducing idling in your fleet, you’re removing these harmful “ghost miles” and reducing the frequency of maintenance required on your vehicles. This means less damage to spark plugs, filters, engines, oil changes, and less frequent regenerations just to name a few.
Reducing “ghost miles” and the need for maintenance/repairs extends vehicle life.
With less damage, fewer repairs, and less “hidden mileage,” reducing a fleet’s idling actually extends the vehicle life — and in some cases, this can be very significant (note: our interview with London Hydro’s Fleet Manager Mark Valarde).
Reducing fleet idling with idle reduction technologies improves operator safety.
Believe it or not, utilizing certain idle reduction technologies can actually improve the safety and security of your operators. Using certain idle reduction technologies allows the vehicle to maintain power and functionality to important onboard systems while the vehicle’s engine is off; unlike shutting off the vehicle manually. When an operator shuts the vehicle off manually, power and functionality to airbags, windshield wipers, lighting, communications equipment, and other auxiliary equipment as also powered off. With an idle reduction technology, such as our GRIP Idle Management System, all of these onboard devices continue to function (yes, airbags too!), which significantly increases the safety of your operators.
Obtain green statuses, receive grants and funding, meet legislative compliance.
By reducing idling, fleets are consciously reducing harmful CO2 pollutants. Reducing idling across an entire fleet can yield significant savings, oftentimes allowing fleets to reach green, environmental, and sustainability standards and recognitions.
Crackdown on operator non-compliance.
When using certain idle reduction technologies, fleet managers have the ability to gain detailed, idle-specific insights that identify compliance issues within their fleets. Looking at GRIP’s Idle Tracker as an example, fleet managers can identify when an operator is consistently attempting to override the system, hindering the organization’s overall sustainability initiatives.