MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 14, 2014 —– PeopleNet®, a Trimble® company and leading provider of fleet mobility technology that optimizes performance and decision-making management, today announced that Heavy Duty Trucking has named PeopleNet’s Engine Reporting for Natural Gas to its 2014 Top 20 Products list. The list will be published in the magazine’s February issue. The need for engine reporting in diesel equivalent gallons that easily compares performance and forecasts savings for multi-fueled fleets is escalating as more fleets are introducing natural gas as a lower-cost, greener, quieter alternative to traditional diesel. Additionally, natural gas is a secure North American energy source, with 98 percent of the natural gas consumed produced in the U.S. and Canada.
“Collecting and analyzing comparative fuel use is critical for efficiently determining the return on investment (ROI) of moving from diesel to natural gas,” said PeopleNet Senior Vice President Rick Ochsendorf. “We’re committed to working with customers and vehicle manufacturers to respond to changing market conditions, and supporting accurate collection and analysis of alternative fuel powered vehicles.”
PeopleNet’s reporting system collects fuel consumed by liquid and compressed natural gas engines in pounds and automatically converts the usage to a Diesel Gallon Equivalent for accurately and efficiently comparing fuel use and efficiency across a mixed-vehicle fleet. In addition, the comparative data PeopleNet provides allows fleets to compare a driver’s miles per gallon (MPG) while in diesel vehicles with MPG in natural gas vehicles in order to preserve the integrity of driver incentive programs based on performance.
Saddle Creek Logistics, a 430-vehicle over-the-road trucking company with more than 100 trucks fueled by natural gas and another 100 on order, is the largest over-the-road fleet user of compressed natural gas in the U.S. “PeopleNet’s engine reporting for natural gas has given us have the ability to segregate data by vehicle and driver, so we can analyze individual truck performance as well as individual driver performance,” said Saddle Creek Transportation’s President Mike DelBovo. “This is critical for identifying trucks that may need maintenance, and drivers with improper driving behaviors and excessive idle. We want to help our drivers adopt habits that help them extend range, which is a huge issue right now since natural gas fuel stations are relatively scarce. It’s imperative that vehicles be able to travel 600 miles per fill.”
HDT’s ’14 Top 20 selections were judged on their innovation, their ability to address top industry issues, and their potential to improve a fleet’s bottom line through maintenance savings, improvements in safety or efficiency, etc. The winners were chosen by HDT’s editors, its 2013 Truck Fleet Innovators, and a panel of five veteran fleet maintenance professionals from the ATA’s Technology & Maintenance Council, led by Darry Stuart, president of DWS Fleet Management and former TMC General Chairman.
PeopleNet provides fleet mobility technology for North America’s land transportation industry that enables greater levels of safety, compliance, cost reduction and customer service. The company’s Precision Mobility Platform combines network communications, mobility and analytics to create the next-generation standard in technology-driven fleet performance and decision-making management. Its products are used by more than 1,750 truckload, LTL, private, and energy services fleets in the United States and Canada, including several Fortune 500 companies. The company aggressively develops new products that continue to improve fleet management. Industry recognition of the company’s leadership includes: Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award,Inbound Logistics Top 100 Award; Food Logistics’ 100 Top Technology Solutions and Service Providers; Frost & Sullivan Market Engineering Award; and M2M Value Chain Award. PeopleNet is a Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) Company and part of its international Transportation and Logistics Division. PeopleNet was named as a key factor in Trimble’s top ranking by ABI Research’s 2013 Commercial Fleet Telematics Competitive Assessment. For more information about PeopleNet and its products, call (888) 346-3486, or visit www.peoplenetonline.com.