IDLE-FREE FOR FLEET$ How you benefit by avoiding unnecessary idling Wayne Michaud of Idle-Free VT Inc. presents
Idle-Free VT Inc. was founded in 2006 to raise awareness of the • unnecessary idling of all motor vehicles • Partnered in legislation of Vermont’s school bus idling rule • Ran Business Idle-Free project: several fleet operators adopted policies • Offers Idle-Free VT flyers in DMV office locations around the state • Coordinator of American Lung Association’s Vermont Idle-Free Fleets • Developing Idle-Free for Fleet$ project
THE BENEFITS GAINEDIN AVOIDING UNNECESSARY IDLING • Improves health • Saves money by • Avoiding needless fuel use • Avoiding needless engine wear • Saves energy • Cuts air pollution • Lessens carbon footprint • Comply with client rules, and municipal and state laws • Projects a better community image
WHEN IDLING IS NECESSARYTHERE ARE LEGITIMATE REASONS TO IDLE • Warming up (5 minute max. unless 00) • For adequate cold weather defrosting • Stopped in traffic • Operating certain auxiliary equipment • High-speed, high-load turbo cool down • Heating cabin in very cold weather (but not for cooling in hot weather) • Long haul sleeper berth (if idle reduction devices not available) • For maintenance, repairing or testing
WHEN IDLING CAN BE AVOIDEDIN GENERAL, SHUT OFF & RESTART • Making a delivery • Refrigerated trucks can shut down engine; operate reefer unit • Go beyond auto shutdown • When not operating auxiliary equipment • Utility vehicles: strobe lights run off battery for • one half hour or more • In hot weather, shut down engine and open windows • Off road vehicles can shut down and restart, too
MYTHS & REALITIESOF TRUCK & BUS ENGINE IDLING While there are some legitimate reasons trucks and buses need to idle, there are also some misconceptions. Let’s take a look at some MYTHS & REALITIES
MYTHS & REALITIESINITIAL STARTING / WARM UP TIME MYTH:Warm up a medium- or heavy-duty engine for 10 minutes or more. REALITY:Most engine manufacturers recommend limiting warm up to three to five minutes before driving.
MYTHS & REALITIESSHUTTING OFF & RESTARTING MYTH:Shutting off and restarting an engine causes increased wear. REALITY:There is no additional wear when shutting the truck off/on several times a day. UPS saves millions of dollars annually shutting off and restarting at every delivery point.
MYTHS & REALITIESDIESEL FUEL GELLING MYTH:To avoid fuel gelling, diesel engines should not be shut off in cold weather. REALITY:Refiners have virtually resolved the issue of gelling by creating winter blends that better withstand colder temperatures, combined with use of anti-gelling additives.
MYTHS & REALITIESFUEL WASTE & ENGINE WEAR MYTH:Letting a medium- or heavy-duty engine idle for the day is best for the engine. REALITY:Letting an engine idle actually does more damage to the engine than starting and stopping.
WAYS TO REDUCE IDLING & BE FUEL EFFICIENT • Behavioral change • Maintenance and repairing • Operational efficiencies • Idling reduction technologies
THE HEALTH IMPACTOF DIESEL EMISSIONS & EXHAUST Diesels engines provide essential services for Vermont and America, but… Diesel engine exhaust emissions impact the air we breathe
THE HEALTH IMPACTWHAT’S IN DIESEL EXHAUST EMISSIONS? DIESEL EXHAUST: Contains 40 known toxic chemicals, including: • Particulate matter • Nitrogen oxides • Carbon monoxide • Hydrocarbons DIESEL EXHAUST: Potentially causes many health problems, including: • Respiratory illness • Cardiovascular disease • Aggravation of existing asthma • Decreased lung function • Cancer • Premature mortality • Lung inflammation • Emphysema
THE HEALTH IMPACTEFFECT ON DRIVERS AND OPERATORS While all Vermonters and Americans are exposed to unacceptable risk from diesel exhaust, workers in the trucking industry and in other fields experience much greater exposures.
THE CARBON FOOTPRINTOF TRUCK & BUS ENGINE IDLING CO2 emissions from a gallon of gasoline = 19.4 pounds/gallon CO2 emissions from a gallon of diesel = 22.2 pounds/gallon
IDLING & THE LAWLAWS PROHIBIT OR RESTRICT IDLING • Vermont Unattended Motor Vehicles law • Vermont School Bus Idling rule • Vermont is the lone Northeastern U.S. state without a 10,000 lbs. idling reduction law
THE ECONOMIC IMPACTWHAT DOES EXTENDED IDLING COST?Medium-Duty Diesel Truck using .5 gal/hr. @ $4.00/gal. Costs do not include increased maintenance for engine wear caused by extended idling. *260 days/yr. Source: Estimation of Fuel Use by Idling Commercial Trucks Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, Jan. 2006
THE ECONOMIC IMPACTWHAT DOES EXTENDED IDLING COST?Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck using .9 gal/hr. @ $4.00/gal. Costs do not include increased maintenance for engine wear caused by extended idling. *260 days/yr. Source: Estimation of Fuel Use by Idling Commercial Trucks Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory, Jan. 2006
Bottling Company of Northern New England, Inc. Coca-Cola’s Idle Reduction Plan Revised 08/01/2011
Idle Reduction Strategy • CCNNE’s policy is all fleet vehicles - gasoline and diesel-will turn the engine off when arriving at a destination. • CCNNE’s commercial tractor fleet has been reprogrammed to shut down after 5 minutes of • idle run time. • Reasons for “Idle Reduction”: • Good for the environment! • Good for the company's “Live Positive” strategy! • Fuel savings for the company!
CCNNE’s Fleet • State of Vermont CCNNE Fleet: • 36 cars, vans, and pickup trucks • 30 trucks / tractors • 28 trailers varying sizes • 94 = Total CCNNE VT Fleet • CCNNE Fleet (VT, NH, ME, CT, RI, MA, NY) • 501 cars, vans, and pickup trucks • 262 trucks / tractors • 335 trailers varying sizes • 1,098 = Total CCNNE Fleet
Analysis 2004 to 2010 • In 2004, Burlington Coca-Cola’s idle run time was measured at 15%. • In 2010, Burlington Coca-Cola’s idle run time was measured at 5%. • 2004 to 2010 results: • 2004 (15% Idle time = 18,012 gallons of diesel) • 2010 (5% Idle time = 4,519 gallons of diesel) • Annual reduction of 13,493 gallons diesel / year • One gallon of diesel emits 22.4 lbs. / gallon of CO2 • Annual reduction of CO2 gas 302,243 lbs. / year
Saving Fuel: The Benefits of No Idling • With more than 100,000 vehicles delivering over 15 million packages and documents worldwide each day, UPS knows first-hand the importance of • no-idling measures. More than $12,000,000 saved annually!
Business fleets from Vermont or serving Vermont, Vermont State agencies, and Vermont towns have combined for more than 35 idling reduction policies in our Green Mountain state. Come join them and realize the benefits!
Thankyou. Wayne Michaud Idle-Free For Fleet$ firstname.lastname@example.org 802-453-5857