What we need to know from the Green Fleet Expo
Last week I had the privilege of spending time with some of the leading fleet operators in Canada at the annual Green Fleet Expo. These fleet professionals came together to share their collective efforts to green fleets by responsibly and cost-effectively reducing their fuel usage and vehicle-related emissions.
Some of the key take-aways for me during the sessions included:
The ‘glass house’ analogy. It was proposed that all the alternative fuel options available to fleet managers are ‘living’ in glass houses. The metaphor suggests that we shouldn’t throw stones at CNG or hybrid or biodiesel or electric or any other option, since we are all working towards the same common goal of reduced dependence on oil and abated emissions. Well said, I thought.
“What gets measured gets managed.” This was another commonly used phrase from fleet professionals throughout the event. Time and time again it was recognized that in order for fleets to reduce their environmental impact and meet their goals, they need to be measuring their baseline usage and monitor their progress.
Increasing fuel economy standards (e.g. CAFE in the U.S.) will require OEMs to introduce new technology options for fleet managers and perhaps also increase the initial purchase price of vehicles. The challenge for those selecting new and more efficient vehicle technologies will be to effectively measure the total cost of owning or leasingtheir vehicles in each application as mileage will vary considerably.
Duty cycles matter, particularly with hybrid and electric powertrains. Multiple speakers, including yours truly, presented and acknowledged that the real-world energy consumption of advanced vehicles will vary greatly depending on its duty cycle. The opportunity for successful deploy will be in determining which duty cycles maximize the operational savings.
Those were the most impactful lessons that I learned and all I thought were on point. To learn more about how duty cycles have impacted the real-world performance of advanced vehicles, check out our latest eBook: Are Heavy-Duty Hybrids and Electrics Right for Your Fleet?