Running a green fleet is more important than ever now.
With growing concerns about the consequences of emissions from vehicles and increased community awareness and push for more environmentally friendly policies, government fleets have to get creative. Public Sector organizations also have to worry about staying compliant with Executive Order 13693 which calls for the reduction of overall fleet greenhouse gas emissions.
A simple way to start right-sizing the fleet is to establish fleet reduction goals, set a minimum utilization threshold, and assess the greenest vehicles for jobs across the city. When the city chooses vehicles to keep, or purchases new vehicles, they look for the most compact, cost-effective, and lowest engine displacement vehicle for each job.
How Public Sector Organizations are Right-Sizing Their Fleets
Across the country, public sector fleets are making these changes. Just last year, Seattle released plans to reduce their fleet by 10% by 2020. The goal is to cultivate a clean, green fleet in order to achieve the city’s goal of achieving a fossil-fuel-free fleet by 2030.
Rather than leaving fleet reduction activities to the fleet manager, the city plans to establish a Vehicle Use Committee that consists of the city budget director, director of finance and administrative services, and a representative of the mayor’s office to review and approve reduction plans and new vehicle requests.
Other cities have worked to right-size their fleet as well. Pennsylvania strove to reduce their fleets by 20%. They did this by beginning with an assessment of their fleet. After gathering an inventory and determining the utilization of each vehicle, they began by creating plans for low-utilization drivers. Drivers that do not use vehicles 80% of the time, but still need the vehicles. To solve this problem the agency might have their drivers rely on rentals, reserve a motor pool vehicle, or use a personal vehicle with reimbursement.
With designated rates of reimbursement per mile, the city could keep control of spend when employees used personal vehicles. This effectively prevented this plan from costing more than actually owning the vehicles.
Other ways of monitoring fleet savings are to add up the amount spent on factors such as maintenance and personal mileage and subtract that from spend before the change. This shows exactly how much was saved by right-sizing the fleet.
How Can You Right-Size Your Fleet?
With the help of a telematics software solution, you can create a more environmentally-friendly fleet. Limiting fuel consumption, monitoring vehicle health, and consolidating routes are a few steps you can take to reduce your fleet’s impact on the environment.
A telematics software can track maintenance, fuel spend, idling, and other components of your fleet operation that cause increased emissions. By becoming aware of operations you can make data-driven decisions that allow you to cut back on the number of vehicles in your fleet, reduce fuel spend, and optimize routes.