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Fuel Management

Fuel Management

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Fuel Management

Effective fuel management is an essential part of running a fleet and managing fleet costs.


Fuel Purchasing

Although many pump prices are broadly similar it is still worthwhile shopping around for the cheapest place to fill up.  Supermarkets generally have the lowest prices and motorway service stations generally the highest prices, but it is always worthwhile checking on websites such as www.petrolprices.com.  Premium fuels are best avoided as the price differential is more significant than any proven fuel economy benefits.

Organisations using fuel cards have the option of getting a pump price rebates from either a fuel card provider such as Shell or BP.  Alternatively a market based price linked to an index such as Platt’s is also available with sufficient volume.  Some organisations could have the option of fuel bunkering but this tends to only work where suitable site locations are available.


The Vehicle

The vehicle is the single biggest influence over fuel economy.  Getting the right vehicle for any given circumstance goes a long way to effectively managing fuel spend.

Vehicle selections should be based around criteria linked to published or known MPGlevels.

The vehicles selected should be fit for purpose for their intended use, not over specifying or overloading (especially for LCV’s).  Similarly any excess weight should be removed from any vehicle prior to travel as this increases the load on engines.

Generally alternatively fuelled vehicles are currently applicable mainly to niche applications, usually in all urban environments. However, the introduction of other vehicle types such as the E-REV Ampera broadens the outlook for use in other scenarios.

Vehicles selected should consider the operating conditions it will be used in.  Hybrid technology for example, is most effective in urban environments where as diesel fuelled vehicles become the more efficient choice if use is predominantly on motorways and a-roads.  Speed limiters on commercial vehicles are fast becoming the norm due to the significant fuel saving benefits available.  Even for passenger cars there is a saving of 10-20% by keeping to 70mph as opposed to 80mph.

It is important that vehicle checks and routine maintenance should be carried out regularly to ensure the vehicle operates to its optimum capability.  Under inflated tyres for example can significantly increase fuel consumption as well as inflicting damage on the tyres and causing vehicle instability when in motion.


The Driver

The vehicle is the single biggest influence over fuel economy.  Getting the right vehicle for any given circumstance goes a long way to effectively managing fuel spend.

Vehicle selections should be based around criteria linked to published or known MPGlevels.

The vehicles selected should be fit for purpose for their intended use, not over specifying or overloading (especially for LCV’s).  Similarly any excess weight should be removed from any vehicle prior to travel as this increases the load on engines.

Generally alternatively fuelled vehicles are currently applicable mainly to niche applications, usually in all urban environments. However, the introduction of other vehicle types such as the E-REV Ampera broadens the outlook for use in other scenarios.

Vehicles selected should consider the operating conditions it will be used in.  Hybrid technology for example, is most effective in urban environments where as diesel fuelled vehicles become the more efficient choice if use is predominantly on motorways and a-roads.  Speed limiters on commercial vehicles are fast becoming the norm due to the significant fuel saving benefits available.  Even for passenger cars there is a saving of 10-20% by keeping to 70mph as opposed to 80mph.

It is important that vehicle checks and routine maintenance should be carried out regularly to ensure the vehicle operates to its optimum capability.  Under inflated tyres for example can significantly increase fuel consumption as well as inflicting damage on the tyres and causing vehicle instability when in motion.


The Journey

The journey is when the fuel is actually used.  Reducing mileage can be a first step

Could any meeting be covered using a conference call or video conference instead of the need to travel?  New technologies such as net meetings also help avoid additional journeys.  The use of public transport such as trains, trams and busses can help to reduce mileage.  If multiple meetings can be planned in a similar geographical location this can reduce the overall business mileage travelled.

Where meetings are necessary, journey planning is essential.  Journeys where possible should be planned outside of rush hour and avoid congestion hot spots. 

In all conditions drivers should drive smoothly changing gear at the appropriate time whilst avoiding harsh breaking.  Vehicles should avoid idling, short trips and air conditioning should be turned off where necessary.


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