Port St. Lucie police fleet turns to idle efficiency to trim costs and lower emissions

Apr 13th, 2016

shutterstock_372117328It has only been a few years since the Port St. Lucie police department was recognized as one of the nation’s top 100 fleets, but police chief John Bolduc hasn’t stopped searching for new ways to step up performance while upholding ever-higher standards for efficiency and emissions.

The department, serving Florida’s ninth largest city, recently completed a 90-day pilot program testing the effectiveness of Derive Systems’ optimized engine calibration on a portion of their fleet. Since implementation, vehicles in the pilot group have seen an almost 12 percent reduction in idle fuel consumption as well as a more than 11 percent decrease in total spending on fuel. These savings will allow Bolduc, who oversees a $34 million budget, 285 police personnel and 343 volunteers, to allocate more funds to other key needs.

Lowering idle RPM has also reduced the fleet’s carbon footprint by 200 pounds per vehicle per month. The importance of lower emissions is not lost on police administrator Bill May.

“It is our responsibility to the public to continue to find ways to increase efficiency while reducing our carbon footprint,” says May.

Police Chief Bolduc also sees the pilot as good news for other city fleets, and believe that the program could inspire other departments to try the technology.

“For us, it’s a no-brainer,” says Bolduc.

For more information about Derive Systems engine calibration software, please visit derivesystems.com/efficiency/solutions/