Cenex fleet analysis tool to analyse performance in real-world operations.
Cenex has announced the availability of its Fleet Carbon Reduction Tool (FCRT) for analysing the performance of different transport fuels and technology options in real-world fleet operations.
Employing duty cycle analysis and whole life cost modelling, the tool provides the information that fleet decision makers need to determine which combination of vehicles will prove both operationally practical and financially beneficial.
Standard whole life cost modelling already indicates that there is a vast difference in the operating costs of conventionally fuelled, low carbon and electric vehicles.
With numerous factors for fleet decision makers to take into account – such as duty cycle, purchase price, depreciation, low-carbon incentives and ongoing fuel and maintenance costs – great care needs to be taken in matching the right vehicle to the right application.
The FCRT is a simulation tool that can calculate the fuel usage, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated and operating costs incurred by the operation of a fleet of vehicles. The tool is designed to be flexible in operation and employs whole life cost modelling so that the evaluation of a variety of differing powertrain technologies within a fleet can be compared on equal terms. In addition, the FCRT can be used to ascertain the exact criteria required to cover a specified duty cycle in order to identify the lowest cost vehicle capable of fulfilling the task.
A number of large fleet operators, including Coca Cola Enterprises, have already used Cenex’s expertise to assess the best mix of vehicles to be introduced into fleet operations. Following a successful trial to assess the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fuel costs, Coca Cola Enterprises has invested in 14 Biomethane powered vehicles.
Robin F Knight, Commercial Director at Stagecoach, who has taken advantage of Cenex’s EV experience to understand where EVs might fit into operations, commented, “We were pleased to work with Cenex on this project as part of our ongoing review of alternative fuels for all vehicles within our business. The project has provided a useful insight into possibilities for our ancillary fleet as we go forward.”
Further information on Cenex’s FCRT tool is available from the Cenex website.