Ecodriving is an approach that incorporates techniques and technologies to reduce fuel consumption and costs, greenhouse gas (GHG) and air pollutant emissions
Niepolomice Municipality with external experts (based on research of the Uppsala region) lunched a pilot program aimed at establishing guidelines for implementation of the principles of ecodriving in companies with significant share of heavy vehicles that consume lots of petrol. The pilot program has been developed in collaboration with MAN trucks, acting within the special economic zone in Niepolomice, and with the Mobilis Krakow (bus company). Implementation of the pilot program:
1. the general objectives of the pilot project were presented to the vehicle drivers. It was planned that the driver would first drive using the general principles of testing vehicles used by MAN trucks. 2. the license driver of a MAN performed a test drive in accordance with general principles of testing vehicles used in - MAN - driving were made mainly in the areas which are not intensely developed. Distance - 481 km, fuel consumption 130 liters of diesel, average fuel consumption 27,03 [l/100 km].
3. After the training with the external experts – session, the license driver of a MAN tracks performed a test drive in accordance with the new rules of ecodriving techniques ("eco-driving Decalogue"). Distance 446 kilometers, fuel consumption 107,5 liters of diesel, average fuel consumption 24,10 [l/100 km]. The most important benefits from the BP’s are as followings:
• reduction of CO2,
• significant fuel savings,
• lower costs of vehicles maintenance,
Pilot project has been launched under Interreg IVc Programme.
Development of ecodriving techniques - 3 500 euro's, human resources: 4 pro drivers, 2 experts - approx. 20 trained drivers, promotion and dissemination - 3000 euro's.
Evidence of success
The results of the pilot program realized in cooperation with the MAN trucks, and with the Mobilis buses (agglomeration bus line) by changing the driving techniques.
Reducing fuel consumption: 10.8%, identical to the value of reducing CO2 emissions – MAN trucks
Reducing fuel consumption: up to 20%, identical to the value of reducing CO2 emissions – Mobilis buses
Potential for learning or transfer
Ecodriving techniques can be easily transferred, and implemented in the other regions. Ecodriving techniques can improve fuel economy by up to 20%, and can reduce air pollutant emissions.
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