Launched at LCV2014 – the UK’s largest technology showcasing and networking event for the UK low carbon vehicle community, which took place this week at Millbrook Proving Ground – the downloadable version of the Fleet Carbon Reduction Tool (FCRT) is marked out by being based on real-world duty cycles, real-world fuel consumption and real-world electric vehicle range. By providing a realistic total cost of ownership, FCRT Lite is intended to remove the risks of low carbon fleet solutions.
All fleets need to do is enter information on their fleet into the FCRT Lite tool, including the drive cycle split of urban, rural and motorway, ownership cycle and days of use per annum. The tool will then present a dashboard of economic and environmental performance by comparing an existing low carbon vehicle to the diesel equivalent.
‘We are extremely excited to be launching our FCRT Lite,’ said Chris Walsh, head of technical support at Cenex. ‘During our Electric Vehicle Surgeries, we found that fleet managers and decision makers were interested in gaining impartial advice on low carbon vehicles as it enabled them to gain an understanding of how Electric Vehicles can best be deployed within their fleets and what savings could be made.
‘Unlike other applications currently available on the market, our new tool (that can be used and accessed for free), will use real-world data that we have collected to help evaluate the viability of a range of low carbon vehicles within fleet operations, allowing fleet managers to make informed decisions which may be better suited to their operations.’