There is little doubt that some alternative fuels can reduce how much a fleet pays out for fuel over the course of a year.
Look at home delivery food distributor Schwans - they sagely converted 90% of their 6,000 vehicle fleet over to propane in 2010, making them the largest propane powered fleet in the United States.
The advantages to propane include the fact that it burns cleaner than gasoline or diesel fuel, thus reducing the carbon footprint. Propane, although it does not provide as much energy as gasoline or diesel is less expensive and can be a good way to reduce energy costs for a fleet.
Considering the money and effort that Schwan’s put into the propane conversion, wouldn’t it also make sense to try and get the most economy out of the use of that alternative fuel?
After all, propane is still just a form of energy.
And how that energy is used can be a more critical component in the cost analysis than what form of energy is used.
What we are talking about is training the drivers to be able to augment what it is that the company has decided to invest in.
What we are talking about is Ecodriving.
Changing driver behavior to safely use the least amount of fuel and still get the job done properly. And, with less fuel being burned there are fewer carbon emissions as well.
By following some simple efficiency based tips like:
- Driving the speed limit
- Accelerating smoothly
- Coasting when possible
- “Reading” intersections and traffic scenarios
- Planning routes to optimize efficiency and reduce total miles driven
Drivers can help the company realize a quicker ROI. And in the end, that’ll help everyone at Schwan’s bring home a little more than just the bacon.
Ecodriving – it works.
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