For some, improved fleet sustainability can mean “right-sizing” engines or moving to smaller vehicles that still do the job. For others, it could mean substantial investment into alternative fuels. Additional actions might include efforts to encourage efficient driver behavior, managing excessive idling, or improving maintenance compliance.
For ARI fuel and emissions consultation services, going green ultimately means shrinking a fleet’s carbon footprint and increasing fuel efficiency—regardless of the road taken to get there.
Our highly qualified consultants are up-to-date on the latest advances and developments that can help your company achieve its goals while improving fuel consumption and reducing its carbon footprint. ARI will work with you to design a truly comprehensive solution to give you a competitive advantage in your industry.
Reducing a corporate carbon footprint requires a delicate balance between environmental consciousness and return on investment. ARI can help achieve that balance. We work with fleets to identify opportunities that meet their objectives as well as budgetary constraints.
Whether it’s right-sizing of vehicles and engine sizes or integration of alternative fuel vehicles, ARI’s analysts endeavor to configure vehicles that are efficient while fulfilling the intended job responsibility.
Alternative Fuel Analyses
Today, there are more alternative fuel choices than ever before: from liquefied petroleum gas and compressed natural gas to biofuels and electric as well as electric hybrids. ARI’s strategic consultants understand the myriad factors involved in making the best alternative fuel choice for your company.
From vehicle acquisition costs and fuel availability to money-saving incentive programs and cycling forecasts, ARI can help your company develop a unique vehicle portfolio that maximizes your fleet dollars while incorporating a cost-effective mix of traditional and alternative fuel vehicles.
Reducing your company’s carbon footprint and realizing the savings that come from efficient planning and fuel usage requires in-depth analysis of real-time data. ARI’s telematics services are designed to accurately capture real-time data from your fleet; data that is integrated into ARI insights® to provide valuable insight into the way your fleet operates on a day-to-day basis.
Coupled with ARI’s strategic consulting services, telematics data collected from your fleet provides the basis for real solutions to reduce costs and the environmental impact of your fleet through route optimization, reduced idling patterns, maintenance issues that reduce fuel efficiency, etc.
Driver Behavior Management
Drivers have a sizeable influence on the overall fuel efficiency of the fleet. Their driving styles on a daily basis can directly impact the bottom-line fuel spend. ARI will help you choose the most effective approach to monitor and analyze valuable information about driver behavior—including heavy acceleration and speeding—even vehicle routing and fuel efficiency. ARI gives fleet managers the critical information they need to launch a program that meaningfully engages drivers, including targeted training and incentives to improve safety, efficiency and dramatically curb wasteful driving behavior.
Keeping vehicles in good mechanical shape helps them to operate at maximum efficiency. A dirty air filter and underinflated tires can have a significant negative impact on fuel economy.
ARI’s analysts can review your maintenance schedules to ensure that items critical to efficiency are being checked and replaced at the proper intervals. We can also provide more specific recommendations for lubricants and filters that maximize fuel economy.
Think of idling as zero miles per gallon. In certain areas, it’s even illegal to idle certain vehicles for more than just a few minutes.
ARI will help you monitor idling and identify where action can be taken to reduce waste, wear and emissions—such as rerouting to reduce traffic stops, or shutting off the engine during deliveries.
We can also advise which vehicles are available with idle reduction devices from the factory, or when it may make sense to retrofit these technologies on vehicles already in service.
Many companies are now tracking carbon and other greenhouse gases as part of their organization-wide sustainability programs. This makes sense because it supports several sustainability goals in addition to reducing emissions, such as ensuring a high level of environmental awareness among all employees, being recognized as a good corporate citizen and maintaining a good reputation.
ARI will provide you with this information based on fuel consumption. We’ve already worked successfully in this capacity with a number of our customers to help them achieve their sustainability
We do it on purpose. The importance of managing upfitting can’t be stressed enough. Today, more options are available to reduce fuel consumption and harmful CO2 emissions and still support job function. ARI takes everything into account when specifying a vehicle. For example, a typical CNG conversion adds hundreds of pounds of weight that eats into payload. Overloading a vehicle results in increased fuel consumption, wear and lower fuel efficiency. Minimizing weight and specifying vehicles that accommodate alternative fuels are two actions that can be taken.
All across the country, tougher regulations for diesel engines and stiffer penalties are impacting fleets. It pays to partner with an expert who will analyze your fleet for current and future compliance. ARI can also assist with reporting, replacement planning and retrofit appropriateness.
In 2004, EPA launched SmartWay — an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options.
CALSTART serves as an industry catalyst to spur advanced transportation technologies, systems, and the companies that make them.
Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities, Inc. (GPCC) is one of nearly 90 coalitions of public-private stakeholders sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.
The purpose of Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) is to assist in the improvement of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s air quality, increase U.S. national energy security, and promote economic opportunity in Virginia, primarily by promoting and facilitating increased use of alternative fuels and vehicles.
The Green Business Program recognizes the efforts of Philadelphia metro companies to reduce energy consumption, water use, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions.
New Jersey Clean Cities strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption.
Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) coalition is a voluntary organization dedicated to encouraging the use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies in the Chicago metropolitan area.