Green That Fleet! How Telematics Technology Saves Money and the Environment

Green your fleet! How Telematics Helps Save Money and the Environment

Climate change is one of the most difficult challenges facing our world today, and many fleet-based agencies and businesses like yours would like to do more to help the environment.

Approximately 10% of the world’s greenhouse gases stem from fossil fuel combustion.

In the fleet industry, it’s estimated that a fleet of 500 vehicles can put as much as 6,000 tons of greenhouse gasses into the air each year—which leads to a precarious situation for our environment.

If fleets worldwide can reduce fuel usage and cut carbon emissions, we could make a substantive contribution to saving the environment.

But how can fleets make these improvements and still meet operational and financial goals?

Although some environmental improvements may be expensive and complicated to implement, today’s telematics technology offers unique solutions that make saving both the environment and your budget dollars possible.

The collection of vehicle telematics data through on-board computers provides fleet managers with the ability to monitor driver behavior and address inefficient performance, like:

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving habits, like speeding, rapid acceleration and harsh braking, cause inefficient fuel usage. The United States Department of Energy estimates that the cost of gas increases by 25 cents for every 5 miles driven above 60 mph.

Unnecessary Idling

Reducing idling time by just 10% can increase fuel efficiency between 10 and 20%. 60 minutes of idling time is equal to between 80 and 120 minutes of driving time and wastes approximately one gallon per hour. Since one gallon of gasoline burned released about 19.5 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air, one hour of idling quickly becomes a real detriment to the environment.

Preventive Maintenance

Adhering to proper maintenance schedules is key to ensuring fuel efficiency and preventing excess greenhouse gas emissions. Fleet managers should schedule preventive maintenance and anticipate maintenance issues by using telematics to analyze engine diagnostics. With proper vehicle care based in telematics data, fleets can avoid under- or over-maintaining vehicles while extending the longevity of vehicles and reducing maintenance costs.

Depending on your fleet’s starting point, all of these telematics improvements can decrease your overall fuel consumption by up to 20%, which can reduce costs and carbon emissions by up to 20%! Although there are up-front costs to implementing a new telematics system, many organizations recoup their investment and create a positive ROI within the first year.

The bottom line is that telematics provides a way for fleet managers to be environmental leaders while also improving financial outcomes for their organizations—and that’s good for everyone’s bottom line!


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