Vnomics Corp., a provider of onboard fuel optimization that combines real-time driver coaching with fuel efficiency insights, announced that a driver at one of its customers is saving 1,400 gallons annually by using its True Fuel technology.
Valley Farms driver Larry Gardner, based in Williamsport, Pa., is a part of the Upstate Niagara Cooperative, one of the largest dairy cooperatives in the U.S.
“By using the coaching capabilities of True Fuel from Vnomics on his 300-mile daily delivery route, Larry Gardner raised his fuel efficiency score to 99.99% during the first eight months of this year,” said John Dunn, senior distribution manager at Upstate Niagara Cooperative. “The savings he has generated for Valley Farms averages 1,400 gallons annually, lowering our fuel cost by more than $4,000.”
A provider of fresh milk to customers in Pennsylvania and New York, Valley Farms operates 46 tractors, 56 refrigerated trailers and 10 refrigerated trucks. Gardner is a tractor-trailer driver who covers 300 miles daily to make direct store deliveries in eastern Pennsylvania.
Valley Farms, along with other Upstate Niagara operations, uses True Fuel to identify and quantify a driver’s impact on fuel savings and coach them to change behaviors that waste fuel. Valley Farms provides incentives to drivers based on their fuel savings, and to foster competition among drivers.
With True Fuel in the entire Valley Farms fleet, which travels 1.3 million miles annually, overall savings of 10% to 12% in fuel use is being realized, the company said. With those savings, Valley Farms has realized a return on its investment in True Fuel in less than one year.
The Vnomics True Fuel optimization solution calculates a truck’s potential fuel economy (i.e., what MPG should be achieved) given its route, load and other external factors, and then identifies any fuel waste caused by inefficient driving practices. The system also coaches drivers where it matters most — in the cab, in real-time — and provides a fair assessment of their fuel efficiency performance after the trip.
True Fuel targets only the aspects that a driver can control, such as engine speed, idling and highway speeding, while normalizing factors such as payload weight, route, and weather and truck configuration. True Fuel also provides fleet managers with metrics to account for fuel use.