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Fleet industry can act to address emissions challenge

Date: 13 October 2015

October 2015 - As the emissions tests scandal continues to hit the headlines, Tantalum Corporation, one of Europe’s top ‘connected vehicle’ companies, is urging the fleet industry to consider the part it plays in tackling emissions levels. Whilst the spotlight is currently on manufacturers, Cédriane de Boucaud, CEO of Tantalum Corporation believes the fleet sector can play a fundamental role in taking control of vehicle emissions by reviewing and changing the driving behaviours of the large numbers of drivers it manages.
“Although vehicle manufacturers need to be held accountable for ensuring that their vehicles meet efficiency and emission legislation, it won’t be long before fleet owners and drivers come under the same pressures,” explained Cédriane de Boucaud, CEO of Tantalum Corporation. “Drivers can make a big impact on emissions by altering the way they drive a vehicle, once it leaves the production line.  Indeed, our own data has highlighted that using the right fleet vehicle, driven in the right way can reduce fuel consumption by 25%*, at the same time reducing the Nitrate Oxide (NOx) exhaust emissions by multiple of 25%.
Tantalum Corporation has been leading the development of real-time emissions analytics for over 7 years. By analysing data from vehicles in real time through its range of telematics platforms, Tantalum Innovations and TRACKER provide the most accurate and up to date analytics of fuel consumption related to driver behaviour.  From this insight, a vehicle’s true emission foot print can be understood.
“The good news is fleet owners don’t need to rely on laboratory testing data to get accurate information” added Cédriane de Boucaud.  “We have the technology to deliver real-life data for CO2 emissions and MPGs. We can take readings every minute, directly from the vehicles themselves, helping fleet owners tackle emissions in the wake of this crisis.”
The Emissions Scandal: Where does the industry go from here?
Who really is the guilty party in the emissions scandal?
Nowadays vehicles are the most environmental friendly that they have ever been, nevertheless, there is still room for improvement. Tantalum believes that the majority of harmful emissions are being generated by a minority of badly maintained vehicles. At the same time there are other contributing factors that impact on vehicle emissions, such as, maintenance, fuel quality, air temperature, topography, and above all, “driver behaviour”.
Certainly the way that we drive is the main contributor to CO2 emissions no matter what certification level the vehicle has been awarded.
Getting the transport solution right!
Choosing the right vehicle for the right environment. For example a car that has a small engine, is quick to warm up and more efficient at low speeds would be more suitable to driving in town. Tantalum data supports this as we know that using the right fleet vehicle, driven in the right way can reduce fuel consumption by 25%*, at the same time reducing the Nitrate Oxide (NOx) exhaust emissions by a multiple of 25%.
Zero emissions is a myth
Zero emissions car do not exist and “never” will. Whilst the vehicle may not produce any emissions while in operation, the manufacturing of the vehicle will, and certainly to the end of vehicle life (recycling) will create emissions.
‘Real’ driving data equals true emissions testing
There is a need for the Environmental Agency to collect actual emissions from real driving conditions, in real time across the country in order to understand the actual “use” of a vehicle. This will ensure accurate emissions output from a vehicle.
Tantalum has the capabilities to equip vehicles and collect data that would provide the actual emissions in real time, including CO2 and NOx, aiding the Environmental Agency to understand the scale of the emissions problem. Also, road agencies can use the data to implement calming techniques that would reduce emissions in affected areas, and will help with developing better realistic certification test across the globe.
The role of the manufacturer in the future
The future of vehicle manufacturing will need to focus on understanding how a vehicle is being driven, so they can tune them for the actual conditions that vehicle is exposed to. This of course will vary from place to place, from county to county, from country to country.
Tantalum can collect the relevant data, along with its estimated CO2 and NOx, and help manufacturers regain customer trust.
So how Tantalum can help fleet operators?
A large proportion of fleet operating costs are attributed to fuel usage and maintenance of a fleet. Tantalum has the tools to help fleet managers to reduce costs in both these areas by monitoring driver behaviour and rewarding good drivers. It can also lead to a reduction in accidents and breakdowns, as well as, benefiting from lower insurance premiums. Importantly, Tantalum has the capability to measure and help reduce environmental impact in terms of CO2 and NOx.
The evidence speaks for itself. Tantalum has seen fuel cost reduction across different business; 10% reduction with bus operators and 25% with postal delivery.
*Based on pre and post Tantalum data using fuel bills and estimated fuel consumption.

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