When it comes to managing fleets, reducing vehicle emissions and slashing fuel costs is a top priority. But how can fleet managers improve and impact the driving habits of every individual operator to save a few dollars and reduce their fleets CO2 emissions?
Some of the best ways to reduce vehicle emissions lie solely in the hands of the operator. Things like driving at a steady speed, avoiding extended periods of idling, ensuring vehicles are properly maintained, and even carpooling are great ways to reduce the emission of harmful greenhouse gases — but this is far beyond a fleet manager’s control.
Or is it?
As technology becomes more accessible in every part of our daily lives, fleet managers are turning to popular solutions like telematics, fuel cards, and idling technologies.
So, how can fleet managers improve vehicle emissions?
Understand Fleet Behaviour
To fully improve vehicle emissions, fleet managers need first to answer why and how much their fleet is emitting. By implementing a solution like the GRIP Idle Management System, fleet managers get a full, detailed view of their fleet‘s emissions, operator behaviour, amount of time spent idling, fuel consumption, engine wear, and much more. This in-depth analysis allows for fleet managers to develop a complete understanding of their fleet’s operations.
A relatable example: the GRIP Idle Management System identifies that a police fleet vehicle emits 3,000 Kg of harmful CO2 per year while idling, and an additional 5,000 Kg while driving, in a fleet of 300 cruisers. This fleet is responsible for 2.4 million Kg of CO2 emissions.
Identify Problem Areas & Implement Vehicle Emissions Solutions
With critical data collected and made accessible, fleet managers can easily dissect and identify areas of concern and opportunity within their fleet. Based on the initial data findings, a strategic, goal-oriented, ROI-focused solution can be implemented within the fleet that targets opportune areas.
Example continued: with the GRIP Idle Management System actively monitoring and controlling the police vehicle’s idling, an estimated savings of 1,500 Kg of idling emissions is achieved. In a fleet of 300 cruisers, that’s a savings of 450,000 Kg of harmful CO2 emissions.
Continually Analyze & Improve
With a full, detailed view of vehicle behavior, emissions, and reductions, fleet managers can use this data to apply for green-initiative grants and funding, as well as reap the benefits of significant fuel and cost savings within their fleet. By understanding the data obtained and continually optimizing their fleet’s performance, fleet managers can enjoy substantial ROI on the GRIP Idle Management System for the entire lifespan of their fleet vehicles (and that’s not even counting the impact the GRIP System has on extending a vehicle’s life).
Gaining real control of a complex emissions problem is a big win for fleet managers, removing the opportunity for operator interference, driving behaviour, and idling habits. With the GRIP Idle Management System, fleet managers can improve fleet performance, cut fuel & operational costs, and drastically reduce vehicle emissions.