13 February 2013 — Schindler Elevator Corporation, logistics firm UPS and Virgin Media are greening up their fleets, reports.

One of the new tools being used will alert management when drivers speed, corner too fast, brake hard and accelerate excessively, a report in Environmental Leader said.

Schindler is replacing more than 500 internal combustion sedans in its North American vehicle fleet with the Toyota Prius Two.

The gas-electric hybrid car is expected to reduce greenhouse gases by 42 per cent over the company’s current sedan fleet with the fleet replacement to take place over the next three to four years.

The company replaced its 2000-plus non-sedan fleet with the Chevy HHR in 2010 saving an average of 2,358 gallons of gasoline per year.

Meanwhile, UPS will use 100 fully electric commercial vehicles to deliver packages around California.

The UPS electric trucks will reduce the consumption of conventional motor fuel by about 126,000 gallons per year. UPS partnered on the project with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, the EPA , South Coast Air Quality Management District, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District and Sacramento Air Quality Management District.

Finally, Virgin Media will use SageQuest, a web-based tracking and management tool developed by Fleetmatics Group, to help save fuel and improve efficiency of its 2600-vehicle fleet serving the UK and Ireland.

The management tool, which uses GPS tracking, offers fuel-saving features that include traffic congestion alerts and monitoring of engine idling.

A 2012 study by Argonne National Laboratory reported that one hour of idling was equivalent to 25 miles of driving by the typical fleet vehicle.

SageQuest provides fleet owners with a real-time view of what’s going on in the field with instant access to data, scaled to allow a number of users to access the system without slowing or crashing, the vendor said.

The management tool also has a real-time ability to monitor for speeding, fast cornering, hard braking and excessive acceleration. The system will then send alerts to management.