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Operators Can Cut Carbon, Costs With Enterprise GPS Green Fleet Program

Posted on March 3, 2010

Standards ensure that every fleet operator that has earned the Enterprise GPS Certified Green Fleet logo has implemented specific measures to reduce their carbon footprints and use of fossil fuels.

TUSTIN, Calif. -- Enterprise GPS Certified Green Fleet Program provides fleet operators the tools to manage their fleets in a more eco-friendly manner while cutting costs.

The program enables operators to reduce excessive fuel use; aggressive driving habits; excessive engine idling; and speeds. Fleet maintenance automation also ensures optimum vehicle performance and fuel economy; provides timely maintenance history for each fleet vehicle; and gives fleet managers a summary of impending vehicle maintenance tasks to keep their fleet at optimal performance.

In addition to all the different factors that Enterprise GPS tracks, the company offers an analysis of the information and provides standards that allow the client to become greener and to reduce its carbon footprint.

Standards ensure that every fleet operator that has earned the Enterprise GPS Certified Green Fleet logo has implemented specific measures to reduce their carbon footprint and use of fossil fuels.

When fleet operators enroll in the program, for the first four to eight weeks the company tracks excessive acceleration, idle time, fuel use, and mileage to get a baseline on the fleet, explained President John Kudla.

Afterward, Enterprise GPS compares what has happened after several months of the client retraining their drivers. "Over that time they'll reduce their fossil fuel use and total engine run time per mile. Consequently, that will reduce their carbon footprint and emissions as well. Once we've done that, we'll typically see a 10% reduction in their fuel use and engine run time, and a dramatic decrease in their idling time," Kudla pointed out.

Once the client has met the standards, it receives the Certified Green Fleet logo, which the client can place on its vehicles, Web site, newsletters, and other marketing materials to show that they are a certified green fleet.

Standards depend on each particular fleet, depending on type, such as limousine or motorcoach. "Typically in the limousine industry, you are tracking location, engine on/off idle time, drive time, speed, acceleration, deceleration, and excessive speed," Kudla said.

In motorcoaches, depending on the trip (a concert, prom, etc.) the motorcoach in some situations has to run because of onboard passengers. "They would adjust the way they view the idle time and some other [tracking] factors based on what the needs of the client," Kudla said.

The ultimate goal for all clients is to ensure that whenever drivers should not be running the engine, they shut it down. "You'll see a dramatic difference between what they were doing with their fleet before we started, and once we started monitoring. It radically changes the drivers' behavior, which brings that company to a place where they've reduced their carbon footprint significantly. There's not a single limousine fleet out there that can't benefit from those changes," Kudla said.

"On 10 cars, they may have about 500 hours of excessive engine idling per month, meaning no clients on board. That's really typical in a limousine fleet, so if they reduce that by at least 10% - in most cases they'll reduce that by 50% - most excess goes away," Kudla said.

Enterprise sends real-time notifications and alerts to let clients know when they have exceeded a threshold for idling, excessive speed or acceleration, in addition to daily automated reports. The real-time notifications have been especially effective in ending problem driving behaviors.

"When the event happens, the supervisor gets that alert that the vehicle has been idling for 10 minutes," Kudla says. "He can call the driver and have him shut the engine off. It's a big change in what they do; their fuel bill goes down dramatically at that point."

Just by running the program, the client will also reduce maintenance and insurance costs by staying on top of excessive acceleration and deceleration, speed, and idle time. "When you're doing those four things, the wear and tear on your vehicle is substantial because of those bad behaviors." It also makes drivers safer, he added.

Later this year, Enterprise GPS plans to unveil an additional sensor that will further monitor emissions.

For more information on the Enterprise GPS Green Fleet Program, visit the Enterprise GPS Web site.

-- Nicole Schlosser, LCT Magazine

Related Topics: emissions reduction, Enterprise GPS, fleet tracking, fuel efficiency, fuel management, GPS Navigation, reducing carbon footprint

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