Fleet Management System Uses a Monitoring Device on Each Vehicle
Clean Energy Fuels is promoting a superior solution for fleet managers who fill their compressed natural gas vehicles at time-fill installations.
“While time-fill, used most often for fleets that can park in the same location each night, has many advantages such as smaller compression equipment, reduction of fuelers, simultaneous vehicle fueling and fuller fills,” states a company blog post, “the ability of a fleet manager to track mileage efficiency through fuel usage is often lost.”
The quandary applies especially to refuse fleets, which make up a large part of Clean Energy’s CNG business (F&F, July 13, 2015).
Individual Meters Are Cost-Prohibitive
Monitoring the amount of fuel dispensed to each vehicle is often cost-prohibitive, the company says, with a single meter costing upwards of $2,500. Clean Energy engineers have come up with several options for fleet managers to track the amount of fuel dispensed to each vehicle.
One of these fuel tracking systems was successfully deployed at the Salt Lake County CNG station in 2015. The Clean Energy system “a monitoring device on each vehicle to relay accurate information and wirelessly transmit to a fuel management system network.”
The combination of accurate fuel consumption numbers and engine performance data allows fleet managers “to more accurately forecast maintenance cycles for their vehicles, thus leading to a more efficient fleet.”
Christopher Logan is national refuse sales account manager at Clean Energy Fuels.
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Source: Clean Energy Fuels with Fleets & Fuels follow-up