PeopleNet, a provider of onboard computing and mobile communications systems for effective fleet management, announced that it is the only telematics provider to deliver engine reporting for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) vehicles.
Fleets running traditional diesel-powered vehicles and alternative fuel-powered vehicles can accurately compare fuel use and efficiency as PeopleNet translates the data set of pounds of compressed or liquid gas to diesel equivalent gallons.
Ron Konezny, PeopleNet chief executive officer, said, “Rising fuel costs and the trucking industry’s commitment to ecology have prompted more fleets to consider purchasing trucks that use natural gas as a more cost-effective, greener, and quieter alternative to traditional diesel. By adding a Vehicle Management reporting capability that translates gas into comparable diesel consumption, we’ve given fleet managers a tool that easily compares performance and forecasts savings.”
Before Saddle Creek Corporation of Lakeland FL decided to purchase 40 natural gas-powered trucks in 2012 and dozens more next year, it used PeopleNet’s Vehicle Management reporting feature to paint a true picture. Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek, said, “Without this conversion data, we’d be hard-pressed to handle these time-consuming calculations, and moving forward, we’ll need to continue comparing drivers’ and vehicles’ mpg performance in our mixed-vehicle fleet.”
Currently priced $1.50 or more lower per gallon than diesel fuel, depending on market conditions, natural gas reduces fuel costs significantly for vehicle and fleet owners, and lowers greenhouse gas emissions up to 23% in medium- to heavy-duty vehicles. Additionally, natural gas is a secure North American energy source, with 98% of the natural gas consumed produced in the United States and Canada.
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