Wanted: Fleets for fuel economy study

An engineering firm is looking for a few good truckers to participate in a study that to determine the benefits of monitoring fuel consumption and driver habits via telemetric systems. KLS Engineering, LLC is recruiting fleets to participate for four to six months in its telemetric study

An engineering firm is looking for a few good truckers to participate in a study that to determine the benefits of monitoring fuel consumption and driver habits via telemetric systems. KLS Engineering, LLC is recruiting fleets to participate for four to six months in its telemetric study.

Specifically, said KLS, the study will focus on how using telematics can help improve overall carrier profitability through less fuel consumption. “In addition, the potential exists to enhance safety and reduce harmful emissions by positively affecting driver performance,” the firm noted..

KLS said commercial truck fleets willing to participate will be fitted with onboard telematics at no cost to fleet owner. KLS will then monitor truck operations and collect data remotely, giving fleet owners real-time access to the collected data as well collected, looking at on-road fuel economy, idle time, sudden braking events, and driving speed.

Fleets will be selected for participation based on a number of factors, including fleet size, vehicle specifications, proximity of stakeholders, typical trip routes, and fleet headquarters location, KLS said.

Though the data collected will be analyzed and results published in a report, all fleet information will remain confidential, the firm stressed

The study is designed ideally for participation by fleet owners who operate from 30 to 500 commercial vehicles (26,000+ lbs by weight) with routes of 100+ miles per day.

Fleet owners interested in participating should submit a written request to KLS at www.kls-eng.com that includes all information to match the fleet’s adaptability to the study.

These include -- but are not limited to -- route type (interstate/intrastate), average fleet age, cargo type, maintenance information (schedule and location), plus vehicle make and model.

“This is an important study for fleet operators and results can help them save money, which is important in an industry where almost 96 cents of every dollar is consumed by operating costs,” said KLS project engineer Isaac Ansah. “Even a marginal gain in fuel economy can save money and has the potential to enhance safety—which means even greater savings.”

For additional details and information, contact Isaac Ansah at [email protected].

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