Jan 4, 2024 | Burnaby, BC
Our VP of Marketing, Mitul Chandrani shares on Pacific Builder & Engineer on idle mitigation solutions can help truck owners more effectively utilize more power generated from their vehicles.
Source: Pacific Builder & Engineer
Whether you’re at a jobsite in the middle of the day in Arizona’s scorching heat or in the Midwest during a sub-freezing, blistery winter day, a place to escape extreme weather conditions is a must-have for those working outside. For many contractors, their work truck serves as their mobile office, and it’s often their place of refuge to cool off or warm up throughout the day. Not only that, but a truck is often used to supply power for tools and charge electronics such as laptops, metering devices, radios, and other devices for the jobsite.
Keeping a truck climate-controlled and ready to assist with devices and tools requires power – and a lot of it. To generate that power, idling the truck engine has long been standard practice. But there are downsides to doing that. The amount of time your vehicle idles over the course of a day adds up and can significantly impact your fuel and vehicle maintenance costs, not to mention the noise pollution and reduced air quality at your jobsite. In fact, in many vocational or work truck applications, vehicles spend several hours per day idling.
For many commercial vehicles, roughly one gallon of fuel is burned per hour when in idle, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And while the wheels of a vehicle aren’t in motion while idling, the wear and tear on the engine is still prevalent. When you consider the current high price for diesel and rising costs for servicing vehicles, you can see how over time, these operating costs accumulate and take away from your bottom line.