Telematics should be installed across the vehicle fleet to identify which vehicle usage lends itself best to different fuel choices and resources can be allocated accordingly. This will help identify which vehicles should be transitioned to electric, which can be retrofitted to electric, which may be biofuel-based, and so on. The telematics may also provide opportunities for reducing the fleet size, making opportunities for using vehicles for more than one purpose, identifying more efficient routes, and where to locate charging stations.
Step 1: Utilize a pilot project lasting three months using the selection of the fleet that already has telematics to identify potential fuel savings opportunities
Collect data to inform an education program that sets expectations for improvement and train drivers on eco-driving. The fuel savings achieved as a consequence can then form a benchmark for performance as well as a revenue source. The current telematics are not being used to monitor fuel use.
Step 2: Identify the type of telematics that will have the largest impact and consider telematics with filming technology to reduce insurance liabilities
The City provides its own insurance; however, telematics can still be used to reduce liabilities, as they can help to prove speed at the time as well as record incidents. This is likely to reduce insurance settlements. The savings attached would then be a revenue source.
Step 3: Utilize the combination of fuel savings, insurance payments averted, and any other savings to finance the rollout of telematics across the vehicle fleet
This is made possible through the revolving fund structure of CREDIT. This telematics data is then to be used to inform the staggered procurement exercise. This is part of the wider considerations of total cost of ownership.
Step 4: Roll Out Education Program that Provides Training on Eco-Driving to all City Staff.
Training on vehicle driving and ‘eco-driving’ should be rolled out to all staff, especially those that run City vehicles. Eco-driving is being aware of the vehicle to better conserve fuel and reduce emissions, including using gears correctly, keeping tires inflated, accelerating at a slower rate, and practicing mindful breaking, among others. This will then be incorporated into their day-to-day activities. Training should also be provided on the use of the existing electric vehicles.
Step 5: Identify any drivers falling short of development marks and provide additional training
The telematics information and benchmarking should be used to identify any drivers who continue to drive in an un-economical way to provide further training to help reduce energy consumption.