Goodyear Dunlop releases ‘2.0’ fuel calculator
An upgraded version of the free internet fuel saving calculator Goodyear Dunlop first launched in February 2012 is now available. Among the improvements in the new 2.0 release are EU tyre label grades, updated data, more truck configurations and additional languages.
The calculator was introduced to help fleets assess the effect on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions that tyre choice, aerodynamic aids, driver training and other changes could make. This, says Goodyear Dunlop, enables transport managers to ‘configure’ their vehicles on their computers and calculate the effect that changes will have on their fuel bills and carbon emissions.
The new EU tyre label grades for fuel efficiency, which are to be introduced in November, can now be factored in – Goodyear Dunlop believes this will allow for more accurate tyre comparisons. In addition to the five vehicle configurations previously shown, the new version further includes 6×2 rigids and six-axle 44 tonne artics. The calculator is currently available in English and Dutch and will soon also be available in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Using the calculator could not be easier, says Goodyear Dunlop. It can be found at www.fleet-calculator.eu, and after signing on, the webpage shows symbols for the vehicle, aerodynamic aids, tyres and driver. In the vehicle section, there are seven vehicle types to choose from, followed by choices to cover the operational region, mileage and fuel cost. The next section is aerodynamic aids, where various types can be selected. The third section is tyres, and here the tyre label grades, mileage and costs are selected. Finally, the driver section allows a choice according to the level of training. Once the options have been selected, a pdf of the results can be directly downloaded. The results show the current annual operating costs in Euros without the fuel-saving measures as well as the results after the inclusion of the chosen measures. These are displayed as:
– Net cost savings per year
– Annual CO2 savings in kilograms
– Annual fuel savings in litres
– Fuel saving per 100 kilometres
The calculator is available free of charge to vehicle operators or any interested person.
“The calculator has been very popular, particularly with fleet operators,” comments Boris Stevanovic, marketing director Truck Tyres, Goodyear Dunlop EMEA. “The new upgrade makes the results more accurate and also covers more variables. In particular, the new EU label grades will make tyre comparison more accurate and clearly show operators how significant correct tyre choice can be on operating costs and emissions.”
The calculator was developed together with Panteia/NEA, which provided detailed market information from across Europe to ensure the model’s accuracy.