Motivation: Vehicle tracking, driver data saves fleets up to 13% on fuel

It has never been more critical for fleets to maximize their fuel as diesel and gasoline prices have soared. Motive recently published research showing that companies can improve fuel efficiency and optimize vehicle maintenance by monitoring idle time, driving behavior and fleet health, then using their resources to fill gaps. shortcomings.

In the study, Motive analyzed more than 800 commercial fleets over a two-year period beginning in January 2020, identified what the leading fleets with the best increase in fuel performance did to improve their efficiency, and measured the impact of their tactics. To do this, Motive focused on Class 8 vehicles and only used customer data from accounts that had at least three such vehicles in their fleet. For clarity, they also excluded low activity accounts and non-interstate accounts.

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Top performing fleets used Motive Automated Operations Platform insights 300% more often than the average account holder, using that knowledge to reduce fuel consumption by 13% over the study period . Through performance data and coaching opportunities, these fleets realized savings by improving driving behaviors, with an average reduction of 79% in hard acceleration and a 40% reduction in hard braking. Major fleets were also more focused on maintenance, with 80% more inspections than other fleets.

“The data clearly shows that using telematics and AI data to track and improve the performance of commercial fleets can lead to significant savings in fuel costs and emissions,” said Jai Ranganathan, chief product officer at Motivates.

Thanks to these gains, the most fuel-efficient fleets saved around 3 million gallons of fuel in 2021 alone. This equates to 31,000 tonnes of CO2 that were not released into the atmosphere. Additionally, these fleets paid an average price of $3.29 per gallon of fuel during this period, which equates to an average savings of 769 gallons, or $2,530 per vehicle in 2021.