AVM SpA is a public transport operator running inter-urban and urban bus networks in the Province of Forlì-Cesena. The company runs around 12 millions bus-km/year with a fleet of over 350 buses. With the support of TRT, AVM designed a tailored pilot action in the framework of the FLEAT project to evaluate the potentials of both ecodriving and sustainable fleet management concepts for consistently reducing its fuel consumption and pollutant emissions.
Background & Objectives
A modern, environmentally-friendly and alternative fleet does not directly means lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Vehicle procurement (i.e. rightsizing, greening the fleet, etc.), vehicle monitoring and especially proper driving styles are the key elements to achieve real benefits for the environment.
Being conscious of the high green impact of combining energy consumption monitoring with improved driving performances is a fundamental rule for the AVM managers. It also creates the best work environment for employees and their active involvement in greening services.
AVM has implemented a wide awareness campaign on ecodriving issues among its drivers. The FLEAT pilot action has been presented through the corporate newsletter, leaflets and an advise on the electronic disply used for registering and distributing the work shifts. All drivers received a tailored code of practice with tips and tricks for ecodriving a bus. Also maintenance and service employees have been involved in the action.
The FLEAT pilot action was also implemented by an ad-hoc test on a specific route. The re-designed Line 6 of the urban public transport service in the Municipality of Cesena is constantly monitored in its energy and environmental performances.
Services are provided with a fleet of 8 bus Bredamenarinibus M231 EXOBUS VIVACITY C powered by CNG. Line 6 was monitored from December ’08 to August ‘09 for those aspects related to fuel consumption, service interventions, anomalies, driver shifts, etc. Drivers have been informed every week about their actual fuel savings by a wall chart in their meeting and rest room.
A theoretical ecodriving training module has been developed and is being now embedded in the annual AVM training programme. Over 50 drivers have been trained during the FLEAT pilot action.
After the FLEAT training and awareness campaign the average aggragated CNG consumption of the line was 3,4% lower compared to the pre-test performances. By using a proper monitoring scheme and enhancing the ecodriving attitude of drivers at Line 6 about 4.000 kg of CNG could be saved per year.