Idling Reduction for Fleets and an Introduction to IdleBox


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Presented by Linda Gaines and Patricia Weikersheimer
August 29, 2013

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Idling Reduction for Fleets and an Introduction to IdleBox

  1. 1. Idling Reduction for Fleets and an Introduction To IdleBox South Shore Clean Cities Webinar August 29, 2013 Linda Gaines and Patricia Weikersheimer Center for Transportation Research Argonne National Laboratory Clean Cities / 1
  2. 2. Why Reduce Idling? 2
  3. 3. Idling Is Expensive • Idling a car uses up to 0.5 gallon of fuel per hour. • Idling a medium-duty truck uses 0.4 to 0.6 gallon per hour. • Idling a heavy-duty truck uses 0.8 to 1.4 gallons per •Idling in the U.S. uses more than 6 hour. billion gallons of fuel at a cost of more than $20 billion EACH YEAR. •Idling increases vehicle maintenance costs. •Idling can shorten engine life. 3
  4. 4. Idling Is Expensive, cont. Scenario: Fleet of 10 medium-duty trucks If each truck has ten 10-minute idling episodes per day, using ~0.5 gal/hr, and fuel costs $3.50/gallon, the annual cost of idled fuel for the fleet is ~$7,550. 4
  5. 5. Idling Pollutes •Nationally, 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. •Each gallon of fuel burned produces about 20 pounds of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. •Vehicles also emit NOx, particulates, and unburned hydrocarbons. •Pollution from vehicles contributes to the formation of ground-level ozone. 5
  6. 6. Approaches To Idling Reduction Step 1: Raise AWARENESS Reducing idling saves money and protects the air. •Turn off vehicles when not moving. •Set policy to reduce unnecessary idling. 6
  7. 7. Step 2: EDUCATE Drivers Inform your drivers about idling reduction. •Host an idling reduction workshop for drivers •Post signs to remind drivers not to idle •Adopt an idling reduction policy •Offer incentives/rewards for idling reduction efforts 7
  8. 8. IdleBox: What Is It? • An outreach toolkit for advancing and implementing idling reduction. • Geared to light- and mediumduty fleet vehicles. • Modular, with calculators, fact sheets, stickers, communication templates, presentations, and more. 8
  9. 9. Especially Idle Reduction Savings Worksheets IdleBox Tool: for Fleet Managers: Calculators Use Idle Reduction Savings Worksheets to estimate your fleet’s savings with an idling reduction plan. ▲ Light duty Medium and heavy duty ► 9
  10. 10. IdleBox Tools Fact cards, tip sheets, stickers, and employee pledge form 10
  11. 11. IdleBox Tools, cont. ▲ Sign ▲ Poster 11
  12. 12. IdleBase: Database of U.S. Idling Laws 12
  13. 13. IdleBase, cont. Sample Entry (Illinois) 13
  14. 14. If “Just Turn the Key” Isn’t an Option . . . Step 3: CONSIDER Technology Options to provide necessary services •Engine idle management systems •Heaters for cab and/or engine block •Auxiliary power systems •Electrified parking spaces •Telematics to identify idling occurrences 14
  15. 15. Technology To Support Idling Reduction Engine idle management systems Idle timer •Turns engine off after a preset amount of idle time Automatic engine shut-down/start-up system •Turns engine off and restarts it based on cabin temperature or battery-charge level 15
  16. 16. Technology To Support Idling Reduction Heaters for cab and/or engine block •Provide warmth to passenger compartment •Use little fuel 16
  17. 17. Technology To Support Idling Reduction Auxiliary power systems Auxiliary power is provided for: •Heat •A/C •Electronics •Other devices, including “power take-off” (PTO) equipment 17
  18. 18. Technology To Support Idling Reduction Electrified parking spaces (EPS) May provide: •Heating/cooling via duct •Electrical outlets Single and dual systems No local emissions 18
  19. 19. For More Information A free monthly, electronic newsletter that provides: • Information about current funding opportunities and recent awards • News about changes in ordinances, laws, regulations, and enforcement • Alerts about upcoming meetings, events, and other resources of interest • Links to idling cost calculators and other idling reduction resources 19
  20. 20. Selected Links for Further Information Information Source URL Alternative Fuels Data Center Argonne National Laboratory idling reduction resources nes/idling.html (idling calculators at nes/idling_tools.html) Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership s/national_partnership.html EPA Clean School Bus Program b-overview.htm EPA SmartWay 20
  21. 21. Questions? Work sponsored primarily by the Clean Cities Program, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technologies, to which we offer our thanks. Contact: •Linda Gaines •Patricia Weikersheimer 21