25/07/2013 - Industry insights
Last week we put our staff and heavy vehicle customers through a vehicle simulator experience to test their ability to drive in a fuel efficient way. We’re encouraging motorists to save up to 15 per cent of their fuel costs simply by driving smarter.
The simulator was parked outside our office on Wellington’s waterfront, and Mike Underhill, CEO of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), climbed on-board and put his skills to the test.
The truck-like simulator experience involved getting behind the wheel and driving through a simulated road layout. The electronics monitor the driver’s behaviour, including braking and rates of acceleration, and measures total fuel use.
We reckon it makes sense to work with our customers to help them use fuel more efficiently because after all, it’s our product they’re using. Z handles around a third of New Zealand’s fuel supply, which contributes to approximately six per cent of New Zealand’s national carbon footprint. This means if we can make a real difference with our customers’ fuel use, we can make a real difference for New Zealand.
Parking the simulator outside our head office meant that our staff and customers could learn in a ‘hands-on’ way about how changing their driver behaviour can help them save up to $3,000 per year on fuel costs.
From 17-19 October, we’ll have the vehicle simulator at the Sustainable Business Network showcase in Auckland. If you’re in the Auckland area, come and put your skills to the test. You might be surprised by how much you can save on fuel.
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