Pic¬≠tured: Bart Van¬≠ham & Hans Damen, TCOPlus
The new chal¬≠lenge for inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers is map¬≠ping the dri¬≠ving pat¬≠terns of their dri¬≠vers and link¬≠ing them to the cor¬≠rect pow¬≠er¬≠train. Bel¬≠gian com¬≠pa¬≠ny TCOPlus has devel¬≠oped a tool and an approach to help fleets make the right deci¬≠sions.
Glob¬≠al warm¬≠ing and the effect of Co2-emis¬≠sions have ini¬≠ti¬≠at¬≠ed a focus on reduc¬≠ing the foot¬≠print of our beloved vehi¬≠cle. The Euro¬≠pean Par¬≠lia¬≠ment has pushed OEMs to pro¬≠duce envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal¬≠ly friend¬≠ly cars while many gov¬≠ern¬≠ments have found the social accept¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty of tax¬≠ing cars based on their Co2-emis¬≠sions. In the ear¬≠li¬≠er stages of this evo¬≠lu¬≠tion, switch¬≠ing to diesel cars was a quick win. Diesel tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy improved tremen¬≠dous¬≠ly, mak¬≠ing these cars fun to dri¬≠ve. For many fleets with inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al sourc¬≠ing pro¬≠grams, diesel vehi¬≠cles became the one size fits all answer in Europe, reduc¬≠ing (tax) cost, reduc¬≠ing Co2-emis¬≠sions and pro¬≠vid¬≠ing a fun dri¬≠ving expe¬≠ri¬≠ence.
In its search for fur¬≠ther Co2-emis¬≠sions reduc¬≠tions, OEMs are focus¬≠ing on oth¬≠er tech¬≠nolo¬≠gies; tech¬≠nolo¬≠gies where appar¬≠ent¬≠ly the improve¬≠ment pos¬≠si¬≠bil¬≠i¬≠ties are yet to be explored in depth. Today, diesel tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy stands next to (improved) gaso¬≠line, CNG, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and elec¬≠tric pow¬≠er¬≠trains. All have their advan¬≠tages and dis¬≠ad¬≠van¬≠tages and spe¬≠cif¬≠ic user pro¬≠files. The future is about choos¬≠ing the right pow¬≠er¬≠train for the dri¬≠ving pat¬≠tern of your dri¬≠vers, opti¬≠miz¬≠ing the fuel mix in the company‚Äôs fleet meet¬≠ing cost, envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal and dri¬≠ver sat¬≠is¬≠fac¬≠tion objec¬≠tives.
The new chal¬≠lenge for inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al fleet man¬≠agers, how¬≠ev¬≠er, is map¬≠ping the dri¬≠ving pat¬≠terns of their dri¬≠vers link¬≠ing them to the cor¬≠rect pow¬≠er¬≠train. This map¬≠ping calls for a very per¬≠son¬≠al approach ‚ÄĒ clus¬≠ter¬≠ing your dri¬≠ver pop¬≠u¬≠la¬≠tion and link¬≠ing it to the typ¬≠i¬≠cal dri¬≠ver pro¬≠files of the dif¬≠fer¬≠ent pow¬≠er¬≠trains. A task which, against all trends of the last years, push¬≠es again for a local and decen¬≠tral¬≠ized per¬≠son¬≠al approach.
Def¬≠i¬≠nite¬≠ly new chal¬≠lenges ahead
That is why the Bel¬≠gian com¬≠pa¬≠ny TCOPlus, under the super¬≠vi¬≠sion of Hans Damen and Bart Van¬≠ham, has devel¬≠oped an approach and a tool enabling fleets to map these dri¬≠ver pro¬≠files, respect¬≠ing pri¬≠va¬≠cy, enhanc¬≠ing the clus¬≠ter¬≠ing of dri¬≠vers linked to the typ¬≠i¬≠cal user pro¬≠files of the dif¬≠fer¬≠ent pow¬≠er¬≠trains, and pro¬≠vid¬≠ing insights into any TCO effect, includ¬≠ing tax effects for the coun¬≠tries in scope.
The out¬≠put of such an exer¬≠cise is get¬≠ting insights in the opti¬≠mal fuel mix for your com¬≠pa¬≠ny dri¬≠vers based on their indi¬≠vid¬≠ual user pro¬≠files, under¬≠stand¬≠ing the TCO effect of these alter¬≠na¬≠tive pow¬≠er¬≠trains, and know¬≠ing the envi¬≠ron¬≠men¬≠tal impact of the pro¬≠posed changes.
~Bart Van¬≠ham, Car tax¬≠a¬≠tion expert, TCOPlus