National Truck Equipment Association conducted a fleet idling time study in 2015 by polling field service businesses. The fleet size ranged from 10 to 5,000 assets or vehicles. They discovered that more than 66% of the fleets (weighed average) suffered from excessive idling time of over 1 hour a day.
Daily idle time by Industry, 2015 (Source: energy.gov)
Where does your business fall under according to this chart?
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There are two key reasons why monitoring your fleet idle time is essential to your service-based business: compliance and reducing operational costs.
If you own or operate a fleet, your state may have Anti-Idling regulations. In California, violation of excessive idling – defined as more than 5 minutes – can result in fines. You are responsible for employee’s idling regulation violations and fines.
Excessive idling not only negatively damages the environment, but it can also kill. A study conducted by the World Bank and the Health Effects Institute observed that 100,000 people die yearly from air-pollution-related diseases.
More than 6 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel are wasted every year due to excessive vehicle idling.
Excessive idling also puts tremendous stress on your vehicle’s components. Even one hour of idle time per day adds up to 64,000 miles of engine wear over the course of a year.
If you own diesel vehicles, you may think you are in the clear. It is true that diesel engines utilize less fuel while idling, but the wear and tear on the engine is no joke. Excessive idling can contribute to clogging of DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), reducing the efficiency of your vehicle. Repair and replacement of the filter can cost in the range of $3,000 to $10,000.
The formula for calculating the cost of excessive idling is as follows:
Fleet Idle Cost = (Idling Fuel Consumption Rate) x (Cost of Fuel) x (Total Idling Time) x (Number of Vehicles)
f(c) = I x F x T x N
Idling Fuel Consumption Rate varies depending on the type of vehicle. For the purpose of this exercise, we took the average of non-sedans as shown below, which came out to be 0.71 gallons per hour.
If you operate a fleet with 10 vehicles, with the assumption of $3 per gallon, this translates into:
|Fleet size||1-hour idle time per day (in yearly cost)||2 hours idle time||3 hours idle time|
When you own and/or operate a fleet with more than a few vehicles, there’s no effective nor efficient way to monitor excessive idling.
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