Massive fuel savings with Fleetboard, says John Lewis 01 August 2011

The John Lewis Partnership has installed Daimler FleetBoard telematics hardware across its entire fleet of John Lewis and Waitrose heavy trucks, in a move it hopes will lead to a cut of at least 4% in vehicle carbon emissions.

FleetBoard's contract with the John Lewis followed a year-long trial between two providers of vehicle Telematics – with FleetBoard winning, because of its reliable and "glitch-free" system, as well as the clear and accurate presentation of vehicle and driver performance data.

Ray Collington, fleet engineer for the John Lewis Partnership, says he expects carbon savings equivalent to 3,000 tonnes of CO2, through a reduction in annual fuel consumption of one million litres or more.

"Our approach has been to view telematics as an investment that, over time, will have both positive environmental and cost benefits. Telematics is one part of a much wider programme of activities aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of this business," he explains.

"Our target is to achieve an absolute reduction in operational CO2 emissions by 2020/21 of 15%, against a baseline of 2010/11," continues Collington.

"On the evidence of the trials we've undertaken, we're hoping that FleetBoard will help us to achieve carbon savings of over 4% from our fleet," he adds.

And he says that The John Lewis Partnership is also optimistic that its adoption of Daimler FleetBoard's technology will result in significantly lower maintenance and repair costs, and reduce its already low accident rate even further.

John Challen

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