Don’t ditch diesel without accurate information, says Emtec Corporation
Don’t ditch diesel just yet says Emtec Corporation Ltd, which has developed new technology to accurately measure driver and vehicle performance in order to put fleets back in control of the environmental impact of their drivers and business carbon footprint.
The company’s Martin Wedge, founder and CEO at Emtec, says that although climate change is real, arguments around it and diesel demonisation are negatively influencing fleets into making poor business decisions based on little or out of date information.
Smart Fleet Cloud is a new diagnostic tool that aims to replace a fleet manager’s mindset from ‘diesel demonisation’ to ‘business decarbonisation’, and can be used to accurately target and train drivers or remove underperforming vehicles from a fleet.
Ditching diesel is not necessarily the answer, he argues. “This ‘ditching the diesel’ reduction is based purely upon an emotional knee-jerk based on older polluting engines rather than independent science around new generation engines.
“Businesses need hard facts to understand where their pollution problems lie, and if diesel can still form part of their fleet mix, for example.”
With forthcoming regulations, the importance of accurate emissions reporting is crucial for fleets Wedge continues: “By April this year, under the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) regulations, businesses generating more than 40,000kWh of energy will have to declare their emissions levels, which is why our solution is based on the maxim that a problem cannot be managed until it can be accurately measured.”
The Smart Fleet Cloud system, which can be fitted to any car, utilises verifiable algorithmic data to accurately measure and manage vehicle exhaust emissions in real time and currently provides independent CO2 dashboard data for conventional petrol, diesel and hybrid engines. In the near future, it will additionally provide real-time verifiable information for electric vehicles by measuring the company’s overall energy management strategy – taking into account the carbon and cost impacts of vehicle batteries, chargers, stationary energy storage and electricity prices.
The cloud-based platform receives data from vehicles via smart devices that can then be used to provide real-time and independent analysis of vehicle performance and driver behaviour, including acceleration and hard braking metrics, as well as vehicle location, trip history and CO2 emissions.
Emtec has successfully authenticated the CO2 algorithm in conjunction with Millbrook and is working with the National Physical Laboratory to achieve the same validation.
“Having reliable fleet data means that they can drive their overall business decarbonsation strategy more effectively, which is good news for the environment and the bottom line – it is part of a virtuous ECO-nomic cycle,” added Wedge.