There is much controversy about the remaining oil available to run our fleets of cars, trucks, trains, planes, and all else, but what’s certain is natural gas is plentiful, cheaper, and easier on our environment. Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting of methane and other hydrocarbons, which provides heating and electricity to buildings, but is increasingly being considered as a fuel for vehicles.
The American business magnate and financier, T. Boone Pickens, is advocating that Americans work closely with Canada and Mexico to create North American energy alliance to reduce dependence on OPEC oil. Pickens asserts that the United States alone has three times more natural gas than Saudi Arabia has oil.
“These countries [Canada and Mexico] are extremely important to us [United States] and we’re extremely important to them. Tie up with them, have a NA energy alliance and it would make our country much, much more secure.” — T. Boone Pickens
Recently Pickens spoke out in the USA Today against an editorial that advocated for exporting American natural gas, as he sees natural gas as the ticket to energy independence. His Pickens Plan advocates using America’s abundant natural gas reserves to break the country’s dependence on foreign oil.
The investment magazine, Street Authority, gives a clear picture of Pickens’ vision: “Clean Energy Fuels, which is backed by T. Boone Pickens, has taken a different approach. The company has built a network of natural gas re-fueling stations that could see rising traffic as more natural gas-powered vehicles are on the road. Yet, the real focus for the company has thus far been on corporate and government fleets, many of which have already made the move to natural gas. An expanding network of stations is expected to boost sales roughly 50% in 2011 to around $300 million, finally enabling the company to break even. Congressional legislation would help to ignite this business model, and expansion plans could take sales to $500 million within a few years.”
Beyond the type of fuel a fleet uses, study after study has shown that improved driver behavior, (such as reduced idling and decreased speeding), also produces significant fuel savings. In addition, improved route optimization through automated vehicle location technology (seeing your vehicles on a map so you can deploy them most effectively), is at the core of why our solutions produce a quick return on investment. A GPS/AVL fleet management solution allows you to see where your vehicles are in real time, and this real-time knowledge enables you to allocate resources where they’re most needed.
You may be caught in the cross hairs of greening your fleet AND lowering costs. The good news for you is this: a leaner fleet is also a greener fleet. By making your fleet more cost effective you also make it more environmentally friendly too.