Electronic fleet management is becoming a useful resource for operators keeping an eye on operational costs
. Probably, the most important part of these systems is monitoring fuel consumption for all vehicles: it can point out which vehicles are burning more fuel than average and drivers who have a heavier right foot. Volvo's management offering is called Fuelwatch, and it's not only a device in the vehicles, but a full consulting system that the Swedish marque claims can cut fuel costs up to 10 percent. Ten percent might not sound like a lot of money, but imagine that for a fleet of trucks being driven around almost 24-hours a day.
Fuelwatch comprises several components: Advice on truck specifications, maintenance contracts, fuel saving accessories, driver training and use of a software called Dynafleet Online that monitors fuel consumptions. Saving 2 to 3 liters every 100 km (on a freight truck) means saving money and
2.6 kg of carbon dioxide emissions at the same time.
[Source: Volvo trucks UK