PeopleNet, a provider of integrated onboard computing and mobile communications systems for fleet management, has produced a telematics engine reporting system for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles. Fleets running traditional diesel powered vehicles and alternative fuel powered vehicles can accurately compare fuel use and efficiency as PeopleNet translates the data set of pounds of compressed or liquid gas to Diesel Equivalent Gallons.
Making the announcement at the National Private Truck Council’s (NPTC) Annual Education Management Conference and Exhibition being held in Cincinnati, PeopleNet CEO Ron Konezny said, “Rising fuel costs and the trucking industry’s commitment to ecology have prompted more fleets to consider purchasing trucks that use natural gas as a more cost-effective, greener, and quieter alternative to traditional diesel. By adding a Vehicle Management reporting capability that translates gas into comparable diesel consumption, we’ve given fleet managers a tool that easily compares performance and forecasts savings.”
Before Saddle Creek Corporation of Lakeland, FL decided to purchase 40 natural gas-powered trucks this year and dozens more next year, it used PeopleNet’s Vehicle Management reporting feature to paint a true picture. According to President of Saddle Creek Transportation Mike DelBovo, “Without this conversion data, we’d be hard-pressed to handle these time-consuming calculations. And moving forward, we’ll need to continue comparing drivers’ and vehicles’ MPG performance in our mixed-vehicle fleet.”
Currently priced $1.50 or more lower per gallon than diesel fuel, depending on market conditions, the use of natural gas reduces fuel costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions up to 23 percent in medium to heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, natural gas is a secure North American energy source, with 98 percent of the natural gas consumed produced in the U.S. and Canada.
(This article compiled using information from a PeopleNet press release)