A lot of companies would love to do more for the environment. Running large fleets of vehicles — cars, trucks, cranes, tractors and other machines they know they are a significant contributor to the greenhouse gas situation, adding more climate-changing emissions into the atmosphere than other businesses.

While they’d love to do more, they’re sometimes hamstrung by tight budgets that seem to become even tighter in a difficult economy.

So how can fleets with tough budgets to meet and operating in a challenging economy still make a valuable contribution to helping the environment? The answer is a lot closer to home than they think.

Getting Paid to be a Green Truck

If money is preventing a fleet from going green, then they’re possibly not aware of the saving power of green fleet technology, and we’re not just talking about the environment.

Green fleet technology, such as Telogis Fleet, is actually paying its own way. In fact, on average, within 120 days fleets are enjoying a positive ROI on their investment in green fleet technology. How?

The green truck initiative is growing momentum and a key element of making it a viable option for today’s fleets is telematics. This green fleet technology is actually helping fleets become more efficient and more profitable, eliminating the tight budget barrier as something preventing more fleets catching on to this worthy cause.

By employing solutions such as Telogis Fleet, environmentally-conscious fleets are in effect getting rewarded with an improved bottom line, savings that not only pay for the cost of the technology but continue paying the longer it’s used and even more as it continues to optimize fleet operations.

Four Key Areas Telematics is Turning Trucks Green

There are four main areas where telematics is the key to the Green Truck initiative.

1. Cost Reduction Through Fuel Savings

When it comes to fuel savings, there are three areas where gains are made and carbon emissions reduced:

  • Idle Time Reduction — Telogis fleets see as much as 75% reduction in non-productive idle time (the reports are smart enough to determine the difference between engine idling and PTO usage).
  • Distance Driven Reduction — Out of route miles can add up to a significant toll on the environment. With Telogis the route actually taken by drivers is monitored in real-time against the optimized routing provided.
  • Fuel Usage Management — Telogis software includes a fuel management module that highlights any areas for improvement, fuel leakages, abnormal fuel use or poor economy that could indicate the need for maintenance to eliminate excessive fuel burning.

2. Operational Improvement

Green truck technology achieves carbon savings through greater visibility and accountability. It results in more responsible use of company vehicles and efficient utilization.

While some call it “Big Brother” technology, most employees realize they are accountable to shareholders for efficient use of company assets, to customers for responsive service, and to the community for safe driving.

3. Safe Driving

Monitoring speeding, hard braking, swerving and acceleration not only improves fleet safety levels but increases the fuel economy of fleet vehicles.

4. Customer Differentiation / Transformed Organization

Telematics improves not just fleet operations but filters through to all layers of a business including customer engagement. Telogis Fleet users have already implemented successful customer access strategies and emergency response plans, such as used for servicing utilities.

Fleets Getting Green for Turning Green

Lots of fleets around the country are already enjoying the financial benefits of this green truck technology that is transforming the way fleets are managed. There are lots of examples of fleets from different industries realizing the benefits of using Telogis telematics to change how they do business, and the trend is growing.

One particular case is Namasco. Namasco operates a fleet of over 200 diesel flatbed tractor-trailers with around 240 drivers, which means managing the cost of gas is one of their biggest concerns. In 2009 when Namasco implemented the Telogis solution, operating costs for the fleet were at $2 per mile. It’s likely a lot higher now, but even then it meant that every unnecessary mile was hurting their bottom line.

Namasco saved over half a million dollars in its first year of using green truck technology – the takeaway point for fleets is that going green is a profitable exercise. Namasco converted their fleet to green trucks back in 2009 and have been saving ever since — both in operating costs and in climate-changing emissions.

So if you’ve been putting off taking on the Green Truck challenge with Telogis Fleet then maybe it’s time to take a second look at how going green can save you green.