Bus companies, taxi firms and other commercial vehicle fleet operators can slash fuel costs and CO2 emissions if drivers learn eco-friendly techniques in a new training programme being introduced in the Middle East, its creators say.
Dubai-based Dynamic Technical Training points to hard acceleration followed by hard braking, mostly in traffic conditions, as among the biggest contributors to fuel wastage, but says special instruction for drivers can quickly overcome these problems.
Drivers can maximise the gear box usage by driving at 15km/hr in second gear at 1000 revs per minute, instead of driving at 15km/hr in first gear at 1800 revs per minute.
The automotive service provider, Dynamic Technical Training (DTT), will launch the region’s first eco-friendly training programme designed for professional drivers of large heavy goods vehicles at the Commercial Vehicles Middle East exhibition and conference taking place in Dubai.
“The Driving ECO2 programme teaches drivers how to adopt an eco-friendly approach which reduces CO2 emissions and fuel consumption,” said Nicolas Gondard, business development manager of Dynamic Technical Training.
“Results in Europe illustrate that a small to medium enterprise operating 100 vehicles saved almost US$31,500 (AED115, 584) in annual fuel costs after the training, representing 153,216kg less of CO2 emissions released in the atmosphere.”
“A larger fleet operator, such as a taxi firm operating 1200 vehicles, would save $1.2 million (AED4,458,240) per year on fuel, with an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 5,909,760kg.”
The effects on fuel costs, and the environment, are even more significant if applied to organisations like Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority which currently operates 7942 taxis.
Environmental concerns in the Middle East were highlighted by a 2010 report from market research specialists Maplecroft which placed the UAE and Saudi Arabia alongside Australia, the USA, Canada, and Netherlands as the six nations with the worst performance in relation to CO2 pollution.
Fleet managers will have a chance to try out the Driving ECO2 programme on demo vehicles at Commercial Vehicles Middle East to gain an understanding of how it can positively impact their businesses and economic bottom line.
“The DRIVING ECO2 programme is based on facts and data derived from the vehicle itself rather than the instructor’s perceptions,” said Alexandria Robinson, project manager, Commercial Vehicles Middle East. “The demonstrations will benefit fleet managers in particular, and will help them adopt cost effective, eco friendly options in the future.”
Commercial Vehicles Middle East takes place at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 6th - 8th March.