Are You Using the Right Data When Measuring Your Vehicles’ Fuel Economy?

Fuel Economy Data

Properly tracking fuel economy degradation can help determine when the time is right to retire a vehicle.

In a Monitordaily article this week, Frank Bussone, AmeriQuest’s Director of Fleet Planning Services and CTP, wrote about the importance of properly measuring the fuel economy of the trucks in your fleet. However, since different methods of measuring can lead to different results, it’s essential that you make an “apples-to-apples” comparison. Be aware of seasonality, weather, road conditions, and other variables that can affect fuel economy, truck to truck. If you’re analyzing fuel results for one truck in the winter, make sure you do the same for the other trucks in your fleet.

Bussone notes that there are three primary sources for gathering and analyzing data: one is through the engine’s electronic control module (ECM); one is through a third-party onboard computer (OBC); and the final is through using a simple, time-tested mathematical formula. The first two measurements do have some issues. When looking at the ECM and the OBC, he warns, be aware that different OEMs and third-party providers use different algorithms to make their computations. This can definitely skew the results one way or the other.

Since fuel can represent up to 70 percent of the cost of operating a truck, it is absolutely vital that the right numbers are used. That’s why you want to know when any of your vehicles start to exhibit fuel degradation and may need to be retired and replaced.

Read the full article.

Kate Freer

About Kate Freer

Kate Freer is Vice President of Marketing for AmeriQuest Business Services. In this role, Kate is responsible for AmeriQuest’s marketing and communications activities, including image and market development, corporate communications, media relations, brand management, advertising, and market research and analysis. She leads go-to-market strategy for AmeriQuest and its subsidiary companies.Prior to her current role, Ms. Freer served as Director of Marketing of AmeriQuest. She joined the company in 2004 as Marketing Manager, was promoted to Director in 2007, and subsequently promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2012.Before joining AmeriQuest, Ms. Freer held various marketing, communications, and advertising roles in the publishing industry for Information Today, Inc. and the Courier-Post, a Gannett company.Ms. Freer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton University.

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