Whether your fleet consists of vans, cars, trucks, tractors or a mix of these vehicles, fuelling them will account for a significant portion of your fleet’s operating costs. In fact, 35 per cent of a fleet’s costs are in fuel expenses. So, it makes sense to take measures to manage mileage (a subject that is comprehensively covered in this report from Energy Saving Trust), and to improve fuel economy to reduce fuel expenses.
Improving the fuel economy of a fleet can be achieved in a few different ways. First and foremost, ageing fleets will benefit from modernisation. That is, older diesel models could be replaced with newer more efficient diesel models. Where this isn’t possible, or where modernisation has already been achieved, the next step is to look at the individual vehicles in the fleet and improve their efficiency for lower running costs.
One of the most effective methods of doing so is with ECU remapping.
Remapping is the process of overwriting the software in a vehicle’s ECU with a new version that enhances the vehicle’s engine performance. This process is 100 per cent safe and effective if carried out by a specialist such as ourselves.
The new software version can alter engine speed, boost pressure, fuel pressure, cam timing, ignition timing, pedal position and other parameters. The software itself is either custom written for your vehicle, or it is provided as an off-the-shelf product.
The important thing to remember about ECU remapping is that it is reputation-based market. Meaning, businesses that have been operating for a long time with hundreds of happy customers can be trusted. We, for example, have been operating for over 10 years and we have thousands of happy customers who would recommend us.
By remapping an ECU, you give the engine more power and torque. It is the torque that ‘pulls’ a vehicle. The more torque an engine has, the less strain it is put under when ‘pulling’ the vehicle. This leads to better day-to-day fuel consumption, because you won’t have to put your foot down to the floor as frequently to get going.
10 to 25 per cent economy improvements are common with ECU remapping. For example, one of our customers with a Volkswagen Caddy 1.6 TDI on a 2010 plate was seeing combined fuel economy of 36.8mpg. After an ECU remap, that increased to 44.7mpg on a combined cycle over 500 miles. 10 to 25 per cent fuel economy improvements are common across all vehicle types, including lorries, vans, tractors, trucks and pick-ups.
If you have a fleet that is becoming increasingly expensive to run due to fuel costs, contact us to find out how remapping could help you. Call us on Freephone 0800 458 1543 or 07590 196772, or send us a message here and we’ll get back to you.