Three digital levers
for a more efficient fleet

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1. High fuel costs and low profitability

For a fleet with vehicles between 3.5–18 tonnes permitted maximum weight, fuel costs make up around 29% of total operating costs. In the case of 46-tonners, it represents an even greater element of cost at 38.9%[1].

Therefore, reducing fuel costs is an effective lever for a more profitable fleet. Digital app solutions such as DKV ECO TRUCKER , which gives drivers advice in real-time about cost-saving driving behaviour and recommends the cheapest nearby fuel station, can help to reduce fuel costs by up to 15%.

Using less fuel also consumes less AdBlue, which brings additional financial advantages.

[1] The Freight Transport Association, Managers Guide to Distribution Costs 2019

2. Driver shortages and employee motivation

More and more goods are being bought online – and the traffic transporting these items on Germany’s roads is growing at a single-digit percentage rate, according to the country’s Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG)[1]. However, there are not enough commercial drivers to deliver the goods.

The increase in urban and long-distance bus use makes this shortage of drivers even worse. Germany is short of between 45,000–60,000 drivers, according to estimates by the German Association of Freight Forwarders and Logistics (DSLV) and the German Haulage, Logistics and Waste Disposal Federation (BGL) – and this trend is rising. According to the umbrella organisation for the world’s road transport industry IRU[2], the average age of drivers in Germany is over 47. Consequently, it is likely that around 40% of truck drivers and 55% of bus drivers will retire in 2027. This will further increase the driver shortage in the future to approximately 185,000.



3. Reducing pollutant emissions by adopting environmentally friendly driving

Sustainability and transport are increasing in importance in Europe. The German government has set itself the objective of reducing the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared to the levels in 1990. The transport sector will have to make its contribution to achieving this objective.

According to the German Federal Environment Agency[1], trucks and cars emit lower amounts of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants on average than they did in 1995. Figures show that the kilometre-related and specific emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide have fallen on average by 15% for cars, and 30% for trucks. However, because more trucks are on the road, carbon dioxide emissions due to goods transport by road are 20% higher today in absolute terms than they were in 1995. Therefore, new technologies and intelligent concepts for optimising transport are called for.

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Sources

1] The Freight Transport Association, Managers Guide to Distribution Costs 2019
[1] German Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG): https://www.bag.bund.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/2019/2019_9_30.html;jsessionid=D7BF8C403C1369455301F59A78BEF0B4.live21303?nn=12716
[1] International Road Transport Union (IRU) https://www.iru.org/ [1] See DKV ECO TRUCKER: www.dkv-euroservice.com/ecotrucker