The UK’s largest independent supplier of Konecranes port and terminal equipment, Cooper SH, has launched Eco Drive to save fleet owners £11,000 in fuel costs by helping them to monitor driver behaviour.
Eco Drive is part of Konecranes’ mission to make heavy lifting machines more environmentally friendly. Having covered all angles of machine specification to reduce CO2, Konecranes has turned its focus to driver behaviour to ensure they operate machines in the most effective way.
"The operator is the most likely variable factor in machine environmental measurement," claims David Cooper, Managing Director of Cooper SH. "Operators believe that throttling the engine to maximum speed will gain optimum hydraulic performance. This practice actually sees slower working machines burning more fuel than necessary, which only amounts to larger fuel bills," he explained.
Eco Drive works via an onboard computerised system that provides real-time information on the individual performance of the operator. It records driving time, use of hydraulics, number of lifts, idling time and fuel used to give an overall picture of performance.
"By monitoring driver behaviour, managers can get the most fuel efficiency out of their handling equipment. We have noticed an eight per cent improvement in a machine’s fuel consumption simply by introducing Eco Drive. This is 58 tonnes of reduced CO2 over the lifetime of one machine alone – a total cost saving of £11, 000," continued David Cooper.
Eco Drive forms part of a central policy for Cooper SH, making customers more commercially and environmentally aware of the carbon footprint from mobile container handling.