Increase sustainability with the Green Fleet Dashboard

Article Published by Geotab
Author: Charlotte is Senior Manager, Fleet Electrification for Geotab.

A new tool from the Geotab Marketplace to help fleets improve fuel economy and reduce emissions.

Introducing the Green Fleet Dashboard

The Green Fleet Dashboard (GFD) from Geotab is a vital tool for fleet operators eager to green their fleets.

Available on the Geotab Marketplace, the telematics dashboard provides fleet managers with the ability to track progress on their fuel use and environmental footprint. It can be used to monitor the success of green initiatives such as anti-idling policies, and compare progress with overall industry trends.

Find the answers to important questions like:

  • Is my average fleet fuel economy improving over time?
  • How much are my vehicles idling?
  • What is my carbon footprint?
  • What driving behaviors do my drivers need to work on?
  • How do I compare with the fleet industry at large?

Analyze performance, identify opportunities for improvement and then set a goal or new target. As a next step, pair the dashboard with an EV Suitability Assessment to identify the best vehicles to replace with EVs.

Download the Green Fleet Dashboard.

Ready to green your fleet? Start with these four steps

On the surface, a sustainable fleet strategy may not seem cost-effective. But, it turns out, greening your fleet not only reduces your fleet’s carbon footprint and helps you meet emissions targets – it can also result in meaningful cost savings.

There are four major areas of focus when it comes to greening your fleet, regardless of fleet size. Let’s explore them each in more detail.

1. Fuel efficiency

While the importance of fuel efficiency is well known, it can be difficult to identify what steps need to be taken in order to improve it. To start, you must have a clear understanding of how much fuel you’re using and why – after all, you can’t manage what you don’t measure.

Telematics can help you better understand not only how much your fleet is consuming fuel, but also why. With that information in hand, fleet operators can implement effective measures to help improve fuel efficiency, like monitoring tire inflation and providing real-time driver feedback to curb unwanted behaviors that contribute to inefficiency (and dangerous conditions.)

Fuel and emissions monitor

See also: 30 tips for a green fleet strategy

2. Vehicle utilization

While it may be tempting to keep underutilized vehicles in your fleet (e.g., “If I’m not using it, I’m not paying for maintenance or fuel.”), ensuring you’re operating a right-sized fleet can provide cost savings, which in turn can be reinvested in the procurement of better-suited vehicles – including EVs.

On the other hand, it’s also important to ensure the vehicles you do have are being used to their full potential. Proper fleet asset utilization can help you identify vehicles that could be repurposed, rotate vehicles to manage downtime and see how conditions impact trips to inform how shifts could be adjusted.

3. Route planning

Better route planning plays a major role when it comes to ensuring fleet efficiency. With efficient route planning, fleets can benefit from a decrease in fuel consumption, and reduced stress for drivers resulting in safer driving practices. The reduced mileage that comes with efficient route planning can also save labor costs associated with dead time between deliveries.

Also, make sure heavily used vehicles are the most efficient available. As different makes, models, and sizes of EVs become increasingly available, fleet operators have more options at their disposal to ensure they choose the best vehicle for the job.

4. Driver behavior

Improving driving practices contributes greatly to the efficiency of your fleet. Monitoring common issues like harsh braking and cornering, as well as acceleration and speeding can help fleet operators understand the areas to focus on for improvement. Supporting a more environmentally friendly driving style not only helps fleets become greener, it also boosts efficiency resulting in cost savings.

Paired with the capabilities of the Green Fleet Dashboard, these four key factors can help fleet operators take the first steps toward greening their fleets. Learn more about sustainability solutions from Geotab.