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Fleet industry urged to consider role in tackling emissions levels

The call comes from Cédriane de Boucaud, CEO of connected vehicle specialist Tantalum Corporation, who believes the fleet sector can play a fundamental role in taking control of vehicle emissions by reviewing and changing the driving behaviours of the large numbers of drivers it manages. 

“Although vehicle manufacturers need to be held accountable for ensuring that their vehicles meet efficiency and emission legislation, it won’t be long before fleet owners and drivers come under the same pressures,” explained Cédriane. “Drivers can make a big impact on emissions by altering the way they drive a vehicle, once it leaves the production line. Indeed, our own data has highlighted that using the right fleet vehicle, driven in the right way can reduce fuel consumption by 25%, at the same time reducing the Nitrate Oxide (NOx) exhaust emissions by multiple of 25%. 

The firm says that telematics platforms, such as its own Tantalum Innovations and TRACKER products, can provide accurate analytics of fuel consumption related to driver behaviour. From this insight, a vehicle’s true emission footprint can be understood. 

“The good news is fleet owners don’t need to rely on laboratory testing data to get accurate information,” added Cédriane. “We have the technology to deliver real-life data for CO2 emissions and MPGs. We can take readings every minute, directly from the vehicles themselves, helping fleet owners tackle emissions in the wake of this crisis.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.