For managers of commercial or government fleets, the stakes are high each and every time a vehicle rolls out onto the road. We understand that you are constantly confronted with the harsh reality of smaller budgets and idea of “do more with less.” And while many companies claim to be your silver bullet, few will put their product to the test and even fewer welcome the tough question – not Derive. Below are some of the most common questions that you may already have.
First and foremost, fleet managers want assurance that vehicle upgrades will pay off in improved fuel economy, while still meeting their power and performance needs, but the aftermarket manufacturer’s word is not enough.
If the technology truly has the goods, it should pass muster under real world conditions using a robust 3rd party measurement. Specifically, Derive has turned to FleetCarma – the most respected scientific data logger available today. FleetCarma goes to painstaking lengths to measure fuel consumption at up to five time per second using a combination of onboard vehicle sensors and gauges. This data is then scrubbed using complex algorithms and then provided to you, the user. FleetCarma has gained such a positive reputation for precision and accuracy that the US Department of Energy has turned to them for fuel consumption research purposes both at Oak Ridge National Labs and Argonne National Labs.
No one wants to commit significant portion of their budget to a new technology just to find out that its benefits dwindle or to have it simply stop working in a matter of months. Fleet managers must make sure that aftermarket technology doesn’t impact a vehicle’s warranty and that it backs up the OEM’s warranty with its own.
For those companies that don’t have a robust warranty, red flags should go up and you should walk away. Remember, aftermarket companies with a robust warranty are signaling that they believe in their product and have conducted intense testing and validation – validation that should provide you peace of mind that the product installs properly, isn’t defective, and won’t harm your rig.
The flipside of burning less fuel is keeping emissions in check. Not only can meeting emissions standards mean qualifying for Clean Air Act funds, it may also mean the difference between whether a truck qualifies to stay on the road
That’s why it’s important to be sure that any fuel efficiency technology you plan putting to use has been tested against EPA regulations. Make sure that a trusted third-party environmental safety organization has conducted independent testing in both city and highway environments, that their methods are approved by the EPA, and that the results meet the EPA’s aftermarket emissions standards.