While cars, vans or lorries will come with a projected fuel economy, often an important statistic when deciding on an investment, businesses must make sure to calculate the proper real world fuel economy.
It goes without saying that the day-to-day driving employees do will be very different to that employed by manufacturers during pre-sale testing. It’s important that financial projections relating to the cost of a company fleet are not solely based on a manufacturer’s estimates but include an element of individual testing.
The European Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test, being introduced in September 2017, will mean every car manufacturer will need to publish real-world data. In doing so, Europe will be the first region in the world to introduce on-the-road testing of this kind.
This will provide fleet operators with a much better initial understanding of vehicle costs, vital for calculating the whole life costs of a potential investment.
Other factors influencing real-world fuel economy is the territory and driving style style being used. If your fleet operates in the middle of a crowded city then the stop-start nature of driving in this environment will reduce efficiency. Likewise, if vehicles spend most of their time pounding up and down a motorway then this will also drag down fuel economy.
Make sure to also consider variables like tyre pressure, use of air conditioning, load weights and time spend idling. Training staff up on the impact of these fluctuations should ensure they play a more active role in bettering real world fuel economy.