Category Archives: fuel efficiency

Pros and Cons of Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Moving away from oil is something being promoted in many areas. One of the debates is the use and production of alternative fuels. For fleet managers, the decision of whether to purchase alternative fuel vehicles means weighing up cost, reliability, and environmental concern.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to alternative fuels, and some things fleet managers should consider:

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How Proper Vehicle Maintenance Improves Fuel Efficiency

Fuel costs are a major cost of doing business when operating a fleet of any size. Purchasing new vehicles can significantly reduce fuel cost, but can be prohibitive as a capital investment. Most fleet managers are unable to replace their entire fleet and may continue to operate older vehicles for some time. This means that proper maintenance to improve and maintain fuel efficiency is an important, and cost-effective, way of reducing overall costs.

Here are a few things you can do to maintain fuel efficiency in cars and trucks:

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When Will Electric Trucks Transform the Industry?

The standards for fuel economy and efficiency continue to rise in our world. Automakers are continually asked to increase MPG and reduce carbon dioxide emissions when building their vehicles. We have seen the transition in passenger cars. Hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius, Honda Insight and Ford Fusion have become plentiful. Electric cars such as the Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf continue to pop up on the road. So when will we see this transition in the trucking industry?

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The Impact of Driver Behavior on Fuel Efficiency

fleet fuel managementWhen it comes to the cost of running your fleet, there are few factors that matter more than fuel.

Fleets can save on fuel by finding ways to increase fuel efficiency, and one of the ways to make fleets more efficient is to change the way drivers drive.

“The importance of driver behavior is essential,” Dale Jewell, director, North American maintenance operations for EMKAY, told Automotive Fleet magazine last year.

Jewell noting figures from the U.S. Department of Energy which says drivers can save nearly a third of their highway fuel consumption just through less aggressive driving. But that may be easier said than done, especially when working with employees who have been driving for years if not decades. Continue reading The Impact of Driver Behavior on Fuel Efficiency