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Fiat Introducing Fleet Version of eco:Drive

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An eco:Drive Fleet report. Click to enlarge.

Fiat is introducing a fleet version of eco:Drive, its data-collection and transmission system designed to gather vehicle efficiency data and analyze car performance and driver style. (Earlier post.) eco:Drive Fleet allows savings of up to 15% on fuel consumption, as well as ensuring that all the car components are used with optimum efficiency, according to Fiat.

eco:Drive Fleet helps to optimize the fuel consumption and the safety of company car fleets by measuring the mileage data for all vehicles (kilometers, time, fuel consumption); it shows the data related to vehicles and drivers either individually or collectively; it automatically updates the database with management costs and the kilometer count for maintenance intervals; it evaluates driving behavior and its impact on fuel consumption; and it offers all drivers advice on becoming an eco-driver.

eco:Drive receives parameters related to fuel consumption from the engine control unit through Blue&Me. The data recorded can be transferred onto PCs via a USB key, and processed by the appropriate software, in order to analyse motorists’ behavior and to help them to optimisze fuel consumption and emissions.

Blue&Me is the most widespread on-board telematics platform in Europe, with more than one million units installed—a result of the partnership between Fiat Group and Microsoft. eco-Drive can be downloaded free of charge from www.fiat.com/ecodrive. Some 100,000 copies of the system which have been downloaded to date since its launch at the Paris Motor Show in 2009. More than 32,000 drivers use it daily, and at least 4 million journeys have been logged and analysed on the dedicated website. Taking into account the commitment of the drivers who have joined the eco:Drive Community, it is possible to estimate an overall CO2 saving of approximately 2500 tonnes.

eco:Drive Fleet offers the world of the fleet all the advantages of eco:Drive. eco:Drive fleet is available for all Fiat vehicles (500, 500C, Grande Punto, Punto EVO, Bravo, Croma, Qubo, Nuovo Doblò) and for Fiat Professional commercial vehicles (Grande Punto Van, Punto EVO Van, Fiorino and Doblò Cargo), equipped with the Blue&Me platform.)

Other companies have already demonstrated their support of eco:Drive Fleet—from Bosch and Eni (both companies contributed to developing some specific sections of the software) to Coca-Cola HBC Greece which has decided to improve its own fleet with vehicles equipped with eco:Drive.

Comments

mahonj

Improvements such as this, while not as exciting as a new hybrid engine design or battery are nonetheless very useful as they enable organizations to optimize the equipment they already have with little capital cost.

All bus and taxi companies should think about training their staff to drive in an economical way, perhaps giving them a bonus which rewards improved economy.

As diesel buses have a long life (and are expensive), you want to get the most out of the ones you already have before replacing them with greener ones.

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