Understanding Emissions, Fleet Safety, How Hybrids Work

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Did you know that the average fleet* produces nearly 9,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases annually? So what does that number really mean? If you’re like most people, it’s almost impossible to understand without equating it to something more familiar.

So, for those of us who may want to know, 9,000 metric tons is equivalent to the emissions of:

  • Forty-seven train cars full of coal
  • Electricity to power 1,092 homes for a year
  • Burning 1,012,373 gallons of gasoline

But here’s the really extraordinary point of understanding fleet emissions: Realizing a 20% emissions reduction can generate cost savings of $200,000 for an average fleet.

Start by setting a goal and developing a plan to help your fleet achieve your reduction goals – whether it’s 5%, 10%, or more. Check out Fleets for Change and find out how we can help.


Industry News

We love infographics here at FridayFleet. By graphically representing data, readers can quickly understand complex information. Below are a few of the useful infographics that we’ve found lately. (Click on the image to enlarge)

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According to recent surveys, safety is one of the top concerns facing fleets. In 2009, more than 5,000 people were killed in car accidents attributed to distracted driving and almost 500,000 more injured. In fact, a collision happens every 10 minutes because of distracted driving. While texting is still the most dangerous distraction, there are others that every driver should be aware of, such as using apps while driving and taking your hands off the wheel to eat or drink.

 

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Hybrid electric vehicles are a viable option when looking for improved fuel economy, increased fuel savings, and lower overall emissions. But how does it really work? This interactive graphic shows exactly what happens while driving, during braking, and at stops.(Source: http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1109/how-does-a-hybrid-car-work/flash.html)

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More than ten million cars are recycled in the United States every year. So what exactly makes up a car? And how much is recycled? Seventy-five percent of the material used is currently recycled, helping to keep 11 million tons of steel out of landfills. Eighty percent of all scrap tires are used to make recycled products, including athletic field and playground surfaces. (Source: http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/car-infographics-how-many-cars-were-recycled-last-year-ar119598.html)


Going to the NTEA Work Truck Show? This year’s show, held in Indianapolis on March 6-8, 2012, promises to be the best and most informative yet. And we’ll be there! Use the new Work Truck Show 2012 app on your smartphone to locate Donlen’s Booth #5647. Talk to our industry experts and pick up some fun stuff. While you’re there you can enter to win an iPad!

Be our special guest! > FREE registration for the Work Truck Show 2012


Driver’s Corner

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Aside from violating company policy, drinking and driving can have severe consequences legally and personally. Three beers can raise the blood alcohol level of a 180-pound person enough to cause real trouble, including impaired perception. This graphic, The Real Effects of Drinking and Driving, explains more:


And Finally…

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And finally, this list of top ten cars of the future includes some rather far-fetched ideas – Time Traveling Delorean? – but also some cars that don’t seem so “futuristic” at all. The 2013 Ford Focus ST and the BMW i3 Electric City Car for example. But who are we to decide? Keep your flux capacitor ready… maybe we’ll be seeing you sometime in the future.

Have a nice weekend. Safe travels.

* Average fleet assumes 1,000 sedans, driven 25k miles per year, with $3 per gallon gas price

Originally appeared in FridayFleet on February 10, 2012


About Donlen
A wholly owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ), Donlen (www.donlen.com), with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry’s most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago” each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on “The Global Outsourcing 100®” list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, and a National Association for Business Resources “101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago” each year from 2007-2012. Donlen’s innovation has been awarded with the Computerworld “2012 Honors Laureate for Economic Opportunity,” named to “2012 InformationWeek 500” for innovative technology; the Stevie® “2012 Gold Award for Business Intelligence Solution,” the Silver Award for “2012 Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year,” and the “2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year.”