Fiat targets firms with fleet-specific eco:Drive
Launched by Fiat in 2008, eco:Drive helps motorists understand the impact of their driving in terms of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and offers suggestions on how to improve efficiency further by changing driving habits. It's estimated that an overall CO2 saving of about 2,600 tonnes has already been achieved.
Now the new application looks set to follow that trend into fleets with its ability to manage mileage and fuel consumption retrospectively, and offer suggestions on sustainable driving behaviour for company drivers in the future.
eco:Drive Fleet optimises the fuel consumption and the safety of company car and van fleets by measuring the mileage data for all vehicles (distance, time, fuel consumption) and shows the data for vehicles or drivers, either individually or collectively. The system also automatically updates the database with management costs and the mileage count for maintenance intervals; it evaluates driving behaviour and its impact on fuel consumption, and offers users advice on becoming an "eco-driver".
Free to download and use (www.fiat.com/ecodrive), eco:Drive Fleet is available for all Fiat vehicles (500, 500C, Punto Evo, Bravo, Qubo, new Doblò) and for Fiat Professional commercial vehicles equipped with the Blue&Me platform (Grande Punto Van, Fiorino and Doblò Cargo).
'Offering eco:Drive to fleets will spread the undoubted benefits of this technology, helping drivers to improve their driving efficiency, saving fuel and reducing their impact on the environment,' said Andrew Humberstone, managing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK and Ireland.
'In a fleet market context, individual drivers making small savings can have a positive effect in reducing the overall fleet carbon footprint and generate significant costs savings across the business, and eco:Drive can help with this goal.'
29 Mar 2010 21:56