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Eco-Drive Challenge proves 18% fuel savings at Autocar Expo in France

Eco-Drive Challenge proves 18% fuel savings at Autocar Expo in France

Many telematics providers will happily tell you that their solutions can save you money through lowered fuel consumption, but can they really prove a fuel saving percentage? Carried out on the side-lines at the Autocar Expo in Lyon, MiX Telematics and channel partner Sirac – for the second time running – proved that the reputable Eco-Drive solution can save up to 18% on fuel costs!


How was it done?

Five CoachesThe driving contest was organised by a professional driver trainer and consultant. It was designed to demonstrate first-hand the potential of how much fuel can be saved by making use of the Eco-Drive solution, which is already working successfully for a number of customers in the region. Drivers entered to compete head-on, with the aim of achieving the best fuel saving.

Bus Iveco, VDL, Scania, Yutong and Van Hool Acron each donated one vehicle to the challenge for the duration of the show. The five coaches were then equipped with a MiX Telematics solution, including an on-board computer and a RIBAS display.

The challenge was broken down into three stages and required the drivers to complete two pre-planned routes of around 30 kilometres each. Both trips included suburban roads, ring roads and roundabouts. A driver trainer accompanied each driver for the duration of both trips and fuel consumption was monitored comprehensively using MiX Telematics technology. 

The drivers completed the first trip with no driving instructions, other than ‘left’ and ‘right’ navigation cues. They then returned to the exhibition hall for results to be reviewed via MiX Telematics’s online information and tracking portal. Before commencing on the second pre-planned route, the driver trainer consulted with the driver to highlight areas where improvements to their driving style could be made in order to driver more economically.

In addition, during the second trip, the driver trainer contributed with specific driving instructions based on the results of the first trip and their individual performance. Drivers were also requested to make use of the in-cab RIBAS display this time around, which incorporates audio and visual alerts relating to over-revving, excessive idling, harsh braking, harsh acceleration and over-speeding.

The results

MiX Telematics is delighted to announce that drivers who entered this year’s Eco-Drive Challenge achieved an overall fuel saving of 12% during the second trip, in comparison to the first trip. The winner of the contest, Philippe Mesnard from Keolis Bordeaux, achieved an impressive 18% saving in fuel costs.

The first Eco-Drive Challenge took place in 2012, at which time the winner also achieved an 18% saving. The benchmark has been set for 2016, and MiX Telematics feels confident that we’ll find a driver who ups the saving to 20%!

 

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