Sometimes small changes, multiplied hundreds or thousands of times over, can result in a big change; that’s what Telogis is hoping for with the increasing popularity of their fleet management technology specifically designed for Ford commercial vehicles.

One of the main benefits of using Ford Telematics powered by Telogis to manage a fleet is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which means less CO2 in the atmosphere and a subsequent reduction of a fleet’s contribution to climate change, one of the big environmental threats the planet faces.

Ford Telematics is a Green Fleet Tool

Car makers have made good advancements in improving the fuel efficiency of vehicles, and even light commercial trucks such as the Ford Super Duty have come a long way in using less fuel while delivering more power.

However, a significant factor in improving fuel economy is something vehicle technology can do little about — driver behavior. Driver behavior influences not only fuel efficiency, but also the overall maintenance and life of a vehicle. The US Department of Energy reports that aggressive driving decreases fuel economy by up to 33 percent.

How does Ford Telematics address this?

Ford Telematics is based on Telogis Green Fleet technology, which promotes enhanced vehicle efficiency through better management and improved driver behavior. Telogis technology addresses several different aspects of fleet management.

  • Speeding — Every 5mph over 65 decreases fuel economy by 7% and creates more climate-changing gas emissions than moderate driving. Real-time alerts and historical reports allow managers to follow up on speeding incidents.
    • Out-of-route miles — Poor route planning can result in fleet vehicles doubling back, driving unnecessary miles or excessive ‘windshield time’, creating unwanted CO2
      output and adding to a fleet’s unproductive labor costs.
    • Excessive idling — Idling leads to poor fuel economy, whatever way you look at it. Sometimes idling is necessary, but often drivers let their vehicles idle to save
      time, or simply because they are unaware of the contribution it makes to GHG emissions and fuel use across the entire fleet. Ford Telematics
      can alert fleet managers to incidents of idling that exceed certain thresholds, and help managers train those drivers to switch off.
    • Smarter dispatch — Why dispatch a larger vehicle when a smaller, more economical vehicle can do the job? Ford Telematics gives fleet managers and dispatch workers a
      bird’s eye view of the fleet, allowing them to dispatch the most economical (and closest) vehicle to a new job.
    • Unauthorized use — Employees with a fleet vehicle can sometimes take liberties they’re not entitled to, failing to recognize the responsibility that comes with the
      privilege of being trusted with a company vehicle. Those liberties may include unauthorized use or long side trips, either during or after work.
      This unauthorized usage not only costs the fleet, but also adds an extra toll on the environment.

By using this GPS fleet tracking technology, fleets have, in most cases, enjoyed a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency and significantly reduced their CO2 output. Tracking tools allow fleets to report on their carbon footprint and GHG emissions, which is a good way to show customers that you are concerned about the environment. These reporting tools are often required by suppliers, such as the US government.

Not just Ford vehicles

There are definite advantages for fleets purchasing Ford Telematics as a factory-installed option, including access to specific vehicle metrics such as airbag faults, reverse gear usage, oil life remaining, tire pressure and seat belt use.

But fleets with a mix of older Fords and non-Ford vehicles can still benefit from the green fleet tools included with Ford Telematics. There is a dealer install option so Ford Telematics can be added to other vehicles, allowing fleet managers to maintain total visibility across the whole fleet.

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