The goal of Derive Systems’ involvement is to provide a simple and cost-effective way for fleets in the Midwest and throughout the US to save fuel and reduce emissions. Derive says its engine calibration technology has been proven to save fleet managers up to 30 percent in idle fuel consumption while reducing carbon emissions by up to 16 percent.
Clean Fuels Ohio strives to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Ohio’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner and energy-saving vehicles. Stemming from a Department of Energy grant to Clean Fuels Ohio and partner groups, the Midwest DRIVES Initiative is a comprehensive fleet vehicle program designed to specifically address barriers to fuel savings technology.
As part of the initiative, fleets within the Midwest will be offered a range of fuel savings products for demonstrations and will be provided with detailed analysis on the various products’ performance, ultimately empowering municipal fleet directors with concrete data to help justify capital expenditures.
Derive’s technology delivers 6 percent to 12 percent total fuel savings for less than $400, the company says, adding its software only takes 10 minutes to install.
Companies that operate fleets of vehicles will save money if higher US fuel-economy requirements for medium- and heavy-trucks are put in place, according to a report published last month by the clean transportation organization CALSTART.
The report comes as the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hold hearings on proposed new mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards for trucks.