Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Reducing Fleet Fuel Costs

Chassis choice can reduce the fleet procurement costs while realizing a major windfall savings from fuel and long term ownership costs. It may be worth the time and effort to look beyond procurement to the users and to the actual job function.  Below are examples of the same job being approached with two differently specified aerials and chassis doing the same job however there is tremendous long term cost of ownership savings.

Short term fleet fuel costs can be realized by increasing operator awareness. Below are five simple bullet items that can be reinforce at tailboard meetings, posted in the ready rooms or safety good operation meetings. 

  1. Jackrabbit starts waste fuel and save less than 3 minutes per hour driving, but can result in using 40% more fuel, reducing drive line costs as well.
  2. Speeds over 60 mph drastically impact fuel efficiencies - cars traveling at 75 mph use 20% more fuel. Trucks traveling at 75 mph use 50% more fuel and they also emit 100% more carbon monoxide, 50% more hydrocarbons and 31% more nitrogen oxides. 
  3. Excessive idling can add to your fleet fuel costs by as much as 50% and can shorten engine oil life by 75%, driving all fleet operating costs. 
  4. Extra parasitic weight places unnecessary strain on your vehicle's engine and greatly affects a fleet’s fuel consumption driving operating costs.  
  5. Proper tire inflation improves fuel mileage. Statistics show improperly inflated tires can cost up to 2 weeks worth of fuel per year. Fleet tire costs follow not far behind fuel costs.  Tire inflation can save in two big ways effecting the bottom line helping to control the cost of ownership.

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