BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. — MTC Limousine and Corporate Coach, Inc. has launched a comprehensive program that addresses climate-change issues and reduces their impact on the environment. According to MTC President, Trevor Franklin, the plan is based on the belief that global warming uncertainty and risk are too great to wait for a fix.
MTC will take action now to reduce its carbon emissions, support the renewable energy industry, and neutralize remaining carbon emissions.
The company has adopted a four-prong attack:
1. Increase vehicle fuel efficiency
2. Switch to low-carbon fuels
3. Reduce vehicle miles traveled, and
4. Optimize vehicle choice.
To increase fuel efficiency, the company is following a carefully monitored, fleet-maintenance program. Vehicle maintenance is essential to ensure the cleanest possible emissions — 20 to 50% less than poorly-maintained engines. A "no-idling policy" has also been instituted.
Driving staff is actively monitored and no idling, speed restrictions, and extensive training in non-aggressive, moderate driving has increased driver and vehicle efficiency by as much as 26%.
"When people hear about our commitment to the environment," Franklin said, "they assume we are adding hybrids to our fleet. While hybrids are promising, they must be added intelligently." Currently, MTC is working with GM on the integration of the new Tahoe hybrid and is also serving as a testing partner in GM's Energy Diversity-Fuel Solutions program.
MTC's low-carbon fuel program includes the introduction of 2007 alternative fuel vehicles, including E85 FlexFuel vehicles that can run on either gasoline or E85 (a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), or a combination of both.
Source: MTC Press Release