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Idle reduction assessment for the New York State Department of Transportation region 4 fleet.
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Idle reduction assessment for the New York State Department of Transportation region 4 fleet.
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    Energetics Incorporated conducted a study to evaluate the operational, economic, and environmental impacts of advanced technologies to reduce idling in

    the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 4 fleet without compromising functionality. The fleet actively addresses fleet

    efficiency and reducing petroleum consumption by using more efficient light-emitting diode hazard warning signs and encourages personnel to turn off

    vehicles when stationary. However, with a fleet of 328 on-road vehicles and a duty to serve the more than one million customers in seven western New

    York counties, NYSDOT Region 4 wanted to ensure they were reducing idling at every opportunity. Onboard data collection modules gathered details on

    the route, engine, vehicle and driver operational characteristics from ¾-ton pickups, 6-passenger pickups, stake rack trucks, and small dump trucks.

    Monitored parameters included engine speed, vehicle speed, fuel rate, global positioning system data, and a variety of vehicle state and environmental

    conditions as available. The diversity of vehicle functions during cold- and warm-weather seasons contributed to significantly different operational

    characteristics throughout the year. Energetics Incorporated used the collected data to develop vehicle profiles from which an implementation plan of

    idling reduction solutions was developed. Overall, the results showed that the vehicle’s use is extremely varied throughout the fleet and there is not a

    “silver bullet” approach that will work for the entire fleet. However, many vehicles in the fleet showed favorable estimated savings and are good

    candidates for idle reduction technology

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