Freight transportation demand is expected to rise during the upcoming years, with road transport dominating the overall transportation activity, according to an outlook from EEA. However, fleet managers can still reduce long-term investment, gain total operational control and optimize operational efficiency of their existing fleet regardless of market changes. How?
Telematics for digital and data-driven efficiency
Telematics is a new technology allowing the transmission of data over great distances and the practice of processing and transforming them into useful information. From simple route planning to scheduled alerts for maintenance, vehicle tracking (telematics) offers advanced digital capabilities and helps fleet managers to
The adoption of fleet tracking and the real-time sharing of information presents a remote fleet management solution that guarantees the efficient and safe operation of the assets. For used trucks and trailers, telematics can have an essential impact on asset tracking, monitoring the maintenance and repair costs, as well as fuel efficiency, while enriching operational and financial performance.
Fleet resizing & Vehicle specifications for operating efficiency
Telematics not only help with better tracking operational metrics, but also provide evidence in the decision making of the right mix of the fleet. Based on the operational goals, utilization and location history of the fleet, as well as, maintenance costs, the number of assets can be adjusted accordingly and having the right assets available at the right time in the right location is easier than ever before.
Similarly, opting for bigger or optimized trailers, like the double-deck one, and reducing trailer weight will free up additional load capacity and support fuel efficiency (according to EPA, every 1,000 lbs. of weight dropped equals to 0.8% of fuel economy gained). Due to the existing increase in freight density and lighter-weight components production, the overall weight decrease becomes easier and operational and fuel efficiency can be reached (source: Fuel Efficiency Technology in European Heavy-Duty Vehicles, ICCT). However, when focusing on saving weight in your trailer specifications, it is critically important to understand the nature of the loads to not over, or under, specify the trailer as, at the end of the day, you need to ensure that your trailer specifications will stand up to the demands of your applications. For instance, for highly concentrated load, a trailer that is built to handle it is recommended. If the weight is reduced to increase the payload, the life of the trailer may be at risk.
Efficient driving & operating behavior for fuel efficiency
The way that a vehicle is operated can significantly influence the overall fleet performance. Efficient driving behavior is a factor that can positively influence the fuel consumption by 20% on aggressively driven cycles and by 5-10% on more moderately driven trips (Analyzing Vehicle Fuel Saving Opportunities, 2012). Even though external conditions like the general flow of traffic and strict transportation, don’t allow the creation of a standardized curriculum on the most fuel-efficient vehicle operation, there are simple practices to follow and apply a concerted behavior change
Overall, there are many control features aimed at encouraging drivers to operate in a way that reduces fuel consumption, such as progressive shift, gear-down protection, road-speed governors, and smart cruise control. Since driver training and management can have significant potential for saving fuel, fleet operators should consider adopting them.
Upgrade your fleet with TIP!
When trying to determine all the above and ensure positive ROI, it is important that fleet managers seek out professionals with profound knowledge. TIP is a leading equipment service provider, across 120 locations in Europe and Canada, with more than 50 years of experience. From the sale of used equipment to maintenance and repair and telematic solutions for predictive maintenance, TIP provides all the services that a customer will require during the life cycle of a truck or trailer.
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