Idling Vehicles & The Fight Against Fuel Consumption
The City of Ontario, California recently implemented a pilot of anti-idling software across a variety of vehicles. In June 2016, according to the city’s fleet services manager Craig Grabow, Ontario calibrated five vehicles within its fleet with the software, while establishing an equal number of vehicles as the control group. Three of the vehicles operating under the pilot software were from the Police Department, while the remaining two belonged to Utilities and Parks & Maintenance.
The vehicles running the anti-idling software idled, on average, 56% of the time they were in use. Spending over half of their use-time idling led to the consumption of 140 gallons of fuel per month, per vehicle. This idle time, combined with the average cost of gas being $2.78, resulted in $389.2 worth of gas consumed per month, per vehicle. The experiment confirms the incredible costs idling vehicles burden businesses with.
The anti-idling technology enabled the vehicles to consume 22.5 gallons of gas less per month on average. With the price of gas remaining $2.78, the average saving for each vehicle being $62.55 per month and the yearly savings reaching $750.60. The savings may seem relatively small when compared to the overall expenditure businesses experience, but (if applied to the entirety of the City’s fleet of 1,000 units) can total over $750,000.
Where Does Actsoft Come In?
Actsoft provides technology that provides users with the ability to set up alerts with predetermined parameters that, when reached, immediately notify users with an email. Idling vehicles are just one of the many threshold alerts Actsoft software provides, relaying the times vehicles are left running while not in explicit use. When establishing the alert parameters, administrators can specify a time that a vehicle can idle for before the alert is triggered. This grants administrators the power to decide what constitutes a negative instance of idling.
While vehicles within your fleet may make several stops during each workday, each stop does not equate to an instance of idling. Setting parameters at a reasonable interval allows your employees to maintain a workday without rushing to avoid an idle alert and prevents you from being overwhelmed by the reported incidents.
Idle alerts open the door for businesses to curtail the amount of fuel consumed by their fleet. With, according to Sustainable America, 3.8 million gallons of fuel consumed by idle vehicles in the United States daily, implementing an idling software is one step in shoring up the costs hemorrhaging your business.
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