Mar 2012: Goodyear Dunlop Launches Innovative Fuel Efficiency Calculator for Fle
Goodyear Dunlop has launched an innovative carbon calculator specifically for trucks in the long haulage sector. A web based calculator, it can be accessed for free at www.fleet-calculator.eu .
Good Year Dunlop has made sure that the calculator factors all the real life situations that fleets encounter in the course of their day to day work. The calculator has been developed in coordination with Panteia/NEA, which was responsible for making available detailed market information from across Europe to ensure the accuracy of the model.
The Significance of the Fuel Efficiency Calculator
The current conditions are not very rosy for fleets given the rising fuel costs and stricter laws on carbon dioxide emissions.
Working as best as they can to improve fuel efficiency and increase the environment friendliness of their vehicles, the fleets are under pressure as never before due to combined regulatory and cost pressures.
Hence Good Year feels the fuel efficiency calculator at the point will be immensely beneficial to fleet managers to help them determine the right direction for their fuel efficiency strategy.
Besides a survey conducted by the company some time back revealed that about 25% of the fleets were of the opinion that a procurement tool that would indicate the ROI would greatly contribute to achieving fuel savings.
How Does the Carbon Calculator Work?
With the help of the calculator’s easy to use graphical tools, fleets can determine to what extent factors like choice of tyre (based on tyre parameters), driver training and various aerodynamic retrofit solutions will affect the fuel bills and environment credentials.
In other words, they can determine which of these actions will give maximum reduction in fuel costs, while increasing the environment friendliness. Fleets can then invest more in those areas. Goodyear confirmed that the calculator is compatible with the forthcoming rolling resistance labels as required by the EU guidelines.
Goodyear Dunlop Says
Mr. Michael Rzonzef, Goodyear Dunlop Commercial Tyres Vice President said that this calculator was part of the company’s commitment to its fleet customers to help them reduce fuel costs.
Mr. Rzonzef added that with this simple to use calculator, fleets would no longer be confused by conflicting and (sometimes untrue) claims by manufacturers about the fuel efficiency of their tyres. He was confident that fleet operators, particularly small and medium business owners would find this tool very useful, as currently there is no other tool in the market that effectively answers their questions on the ROI of their various fuel efficiency measures.
The Fuel Efficiency Calculator will provide the following estimates to fleet owners and managers – reduction in fuel consumption in litres/100 km, yearly carbon dioxide savings in tonnes, total fuel savings in the year in litres and of course annual cost savings.