The county will increase its vehicle fleet fuel efficiency by and average of 5 miles per gallon by 2013. Achieving this will require increasing the number of alternatively fueled vehicles by 25 percent, purchasing higher efficiency vehicles to replace retiring ones, improving maintenance practices, analyzing vehicle usage, and investigating the possibility of an Inter-Facility Shuttle service to reduce individual trips made by employees between County sites.
What we’re doing:
Maintenance staff will provide drivers with fuel saving tips when they take their vehicles to the shop and mechanics will enact preventative maintenance that will include tire pressure and other checks/corrections that affect fuel economy.
The current fleet composition has 131 hybrid and 5 compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles. Additionally, 36 electric vehicles are used in campus environments in lieu of gasoline powered transportation. Over the life of a typical vehicle, the current hybrids alone will save approximately 304,000 gallons of fuel for a financial savings of $1.3 million. The county is also pursuing the possibility of vehicles that use alternate fuels like ethanol, biodiesel, and even propane.
GPS systems will assist departments in controlling vehicle assets, eliminate misuse, and increase vehicle efficiency through trip planning and vehicle location information.