Vnomics Corp. revealed that Crum Trucking, a Batesville, Ind.-based company, is renewing its contract to have True Fuel on all company-owned vehicles. The decision was based on realizing a 5% increase in MPG since implementing True Fuel, a fuel-saving technology that combines real-time driver coaching with insightful fuel efficiency data. The carrier is also using information from True Fuel to help determine the most efficient specs for its expanding fleet.
True Fuel assesses driver fuel efficiency in key areas of engine speed control, highway-speed and idling and then assists drivers to eliminate fuel waste through real-time, in-vehicle coaching. The solution establishes a truck’s potential fuel economy and presents fair and balanced metrics to help drivers and fleets address issues with key driving behaviors that impact performance.
“With a 5% increase in fuel economy and over 115,000 gallons in fuel savings on all our company-owned trucks, there was no doubt we would renew our contract with Vnomics,” said Keith Maucher, project manager and driver manager at Crum Trucking. “Being able to share True Fuel information with drivers shows them how to lower consumption. We also used the Vnomics solution to help determine the right engine, transmission and rear axle specs for the 30 new Peterbilt day cab and sleeper models we’ve added to our fleet.”
Crum has several drivers that have downloaded the new True Fuel app to actively improve their fuel efficiency – those drivers are now in driver trainer positions where they are coaching the carrier’s newest drivers on how to lower fuel use.
True Fuel is part of a fuel bonus program at Crum as well. The company’s first bonus award included a monetary reward for drivers who score 98 or better (on a 100-point scale) in both engine control and speed categories, along with rewards for the top ten most improved drivers.
“We are very pleased that Crum Trucking is measurably reducing fuel use across its fleet by using True Fuel to address the causes of waste,” said Bob Magnant, vice president of product management at Vnomics. “The ability to find more efficient specifications for new tractors being added to their fleet will help accelerate those savings and the return on investment in True Fuel. This experience showcases the full value that True Fuel brings to on-highway trucking operations. We are looking forward to our continued partnership with Crum Trucking.”