Industry Perspectives on Fuel Economy

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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Industry Perspectives on Fuel Economy

Fleets and industry recognize the importance of fuel economy for meaningful cost savings and greenhouse gas reductions. CALSTART highlights industry perspectives on this timely topic.


UPS 
Greater fuel efficiency is critical for UPS. For us, our biggest target is reducing ton-miles per gallon. That’s why our goal is to move goods in the most efficient  manner using the most advanced emissions reducing technologies together with advanced route technologies to reduce miles. These technologies include the use of renewable natural gas, hydrogen produced from renewable sources, electric propulsion vehicles, advanced drive trains, aerodynamics and larger payloads. We all have a responsibility to reduce emissions in the communities in which we operate, and we actively support getting more efficient, lower emitting trucks, fuels and technologies on the road.
-- Mike Britt, Director of Maintenance & Engineering International Operations, Ground Fleet, UPS

New York City Department of Sanitation
As one of the largest municipal refuse fleets in the nation, and an operator of a very large fleet of heavy-duty on-road vehicles, we look forward to the EPA’s upcoming Phase II greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction rules. We hope the EPA’s new rules for heavy-duty vehicles will help us achieve our OneNYC goal to reduce GHGs from the City’s fleet by 80% by 2050.
-- Rocco DiRico, Deputy Commissioner of Support Services at the New York City Department of Sanitation 

Fresh Direct
Every day, Fresh Direct delivers produce, meats and other high quality goods to homes throughout the New York City community. By using smart strategies and advanced technologies to improve fuel economy, we not only help our business bottom line but reduce the impact of emissions on the environment. Fuel economy is more than just MPG, it is also an indicator of the health and condition of your fleet. Idle reduction, advanced vehicle technologies, telematics and other fleet management tools help move us in a more sustainable direction with our fleet.
-- Mike Derrig, Director Fleet Operations, Fresh Direct

XL Hybrids
XL Hybrids is built around providing our customers with effective and affordable fuel savings for new and existing vehicles and our business is growing. Our systems are now driven more than a million miles a month and are cutting fuel use by an average of 20 percent.  We support strong fuel efficiency regulations because we know they are achievable and affordable, but we strongly encourage regulators to make full use of multi-stage manufacturers and upfitters in those rules.  These structures are well known in the trucking industry and can ensure that effective technology is available to all customers and not left off the table.
-- Edward Lovelace, PhD., Chief Technology Officer, XL Hybrids

Time Warner Cable
At Time Warner Cable, we have invested a significant amount of energy and focus in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our fleet operation. Our strategy has been to use well-proven techniques with an established and documented history to effect significant change in the way that we build and operate our fleet equipment. Our focus on improved efficiency coupled with a strategy of seeking highly reliable products, allows Time Warner Cable to reduce our fuel burned (which has an economic impact), a reduction in our criteria emissions and a reduced carbon emissions footprint. 
--George Survant, Sr. Fleet Director, Time Warner Cable

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      At Time Warner Cable, we have invested a significant amount of energy and focus in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our fleet operation. Our strategy has been to use well-proven techniques with an established and documented history to effect significant change in the way that we build and operate our fleet equipment.

      As we have three groups of critical stakeholders that benefit from improvements in our fleet, all of our decisions have been filtered through a lens that includes the perspective of those key stakeholders:
      • We are pushing to improve benefits to Time Warner Cable’s customers by providing a reliable fleet that insures our drivers will be on time and in an efficient vehicle,
      • Our shareholders will benefit from an efficient fleet where we spend only what is necessary to provide superior vehicle value which helps keep Time Warner Cable competitive in the market
      • And our drivers who depend on having a vehicle that is efficient and effective and is easily supported in the locations where they work and live.

      To these ends the Fleet Team, with great support for the Time Warner Cable Leaders, are after three signal changes in the fleet products we had in the legacy fleet:
      1. We are reducing the weight whenever possible of the base vehicle and the interior packages (the EPA suggests that for every 100 lbs.’ we remove form the vehicle, we get approximately a 2% reduction in fuel burned).
      2. We have switched at every opportunity to higher efficiency power plants with a particular focus on small bore diesel engines (diesel fuel has roughly a third higher energy content that a gasoline engine). These engines in most cases have been in service in Europe successfully for many years.
      3. Where the major automotive suppliers have produced hybrid vehicles with a well-documented success history or efficiency improvements like “Stop-Start” technology we have adopted those products as standards for the Time Warner Cable fleet.

      Our focus on improved efficiency coupled with a strategy of seeking highly reliable products, allows Time Warner Cable to reduce our fuel burned (which has an economic impact), a reduction in our criteria emissions and a reduced carbon emissions footprint. For example, our current 5 year vehicle replacement plan promises to reduce our greenhouse gasses by an average of ~ 2-3 K tons each year for the planned years. Our reliability target is to reduce the out-of-service time due to repairs for our fleet to a daily average of 2% from all causes with a repeat repair rate of 1.5% in 90 days. Our targeted mpg goal is to improve fleet mpg by 13%. --George Survant, Sr. Fleet Director, Time Warner Cable