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If necessity is the mother of invention, then responding to disaster for pure survival must be the godmother. FedEx, faced with the daunting task of continuing operations in earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, relied on five simple ecodriving techniques to reduce its delivery fleet’s impact and save fuel in this fragile environment.

No idling while stopped

Gentle acceleration

Maintaining flat speed

Easing off the accelerator early before braking

careful use of A/C

From its blog:

In Japan, the recent earthquake resulted in a short-term fuel shortage that hit us hard – literally fuel was not available at gas stations. Eco-Driving was an operational imperative, as it became even more important while we secured alternative sources of fuel.

In its 2011 annual report, FedEx says its fleet operations is 75 percent toward its goal of reducing fuel use by 20 percent by 2020.

Read the entire article at: Ecodriving Solutions

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