NextEnergy is rolling out a free web-based tool that allows fleet managers to more accurately and efficiently predict alternative fuel costs and emissions for a wide variety of commercial and passenger vehicles, calculating and comparing advantages of E85, B20 biodiesel and hybrid electric use.
NextEnergy's new tool, which was funded by a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission's Low-Income Energy and Efficiency Fund, also helps fleet managers evaluate emissions from various types of new powertrain technologies, engine sizes, and alternative fuel vehicles.
Using a self- prompting graphical interface, fleet managers input information on city and highway driving cycles. The program then calculates and projects baseline fuel costs and emissions produced for the fleet.
The site also contains information on new alternative fuel and advanced powertrain technologies. It allows users to select from different technologies to determine the fuel costs and emissions produced.