The recent Which? report highlighting the potential cost of ownership difference between running petrol and diesel vehicles showed the need for fleet decision makers to carry outduty-cycle-based whole-life cost modelling in order to understand what fuel types are most appropriate for their fleet operations.
So why is it that the trend of using a single fuel type across a fleet is increasing?
It is recognised by many thatdifferent fuels will deliver different performancesacross a range of operations. However, given the range and recharging requirements of current electric vehicles, duty-cycle-based whole-life cost modelling isessential for their successful economic and operational integrationinto day-to-day operations.
For many fleets a significant number of vehicles will operate within well-definedparameters, with only minor variation in operation. By analysing theduty cycles of these vehicles, it is possible to cluster them and define arange of specific duty cycles. Combining whole life costsand a duty cycle approach therefore enables a fleet manager todetermine whether a certain technology meets thefinancial and operational performance required for the fleet.
However, analysing the duty cycle of a fleet can be a complicated process,especially when it comes to assessing the best mix of vehicles todeliver the required operations.
Analysescarried out by Cenex reveal there are a number of operational sweetspots for lowcarbon vehicles which can reduce carbon and energy consumption and save money. With fuel prices continuing to rise,many fleet decision makers are already prioritising carbon and fuelreduction strategies. While carbon reduction may not be the onlydriver for change within fleets, it is worth keeping in mind that thecontinuing evolution of low carbon technologies will require fleetdecision makers to assess their operational and economic suitabilityto ascertain whether any new technology is worth adopting.
The London Borough of Sutton is cutting the cost of maintaining its 136 strong vehicle fleet using advanced fleet management software for controlling the cost of spare parts for the Council's municipal vehicles.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to boost the performance of more than 600 specialist vehicles used for waste management, street cleaning and highway maintenance with an innovative tracking system. The local authority has chosen Ctrack to develop and implement the solution that will help better control and utilise these mobile assets and their operators in order to reduce fleet operating costs.
Local authorities now have the opportunity to submit their green fleet initiatives for the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero Awards. The awards celebrate public and private organisations that are successfully reducing fuel bills and lowering carbon footprints through fleet travel and transport policies.
Depot administrator Jayne Brown keeps a close watch over the fuel used by North Kesteven DC's fleet of RCVs with the help of a Merridale fuel monitoring system.
A fleet of six ‘cleaner and greener'refuse collection vehicles (RCVs) have taken to the roads in the Braintree District.Braintree District Council has leased six modern RCVs from Riverside Truck Rental to replace its eight older vehicles. The Dennis Eagle trucks have fuel-efficient engines and electric bin lifts and are more environmentally friendly than before. Riverside Truck Rental will maintain the vehicles throughout a seven-year contract.
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