No matter what you call it; gas, gasoline, petrol or benzine, we can all agree it is an expensive commodity. And, for our non-emergency medical transportation business fuel is a significant expense. Granted, vehicles are more efficient today, but we still have a long way to go. However, it is puzzling that regardless of all the efforts to reduce our reliance on oil, the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) predicts that the majority of vehicles on US roads in 2040 will still rely on gasoline according to its Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (AEO2014). Amazingly, in 2040 light-duty vehicles powered by gasoline are expected to remain dominant retaining a 78% share – down a dismal 4% from 2012, isn’t this depressing!
Full disclosure, we are no experts in alternative energy nor do we claim to be green gurus. However, we have a vested interest in using fuel-efficient vehicles to help drive our cost down. And, as a responsible organization we also want to help reduce the impact to our planet. So, it is puzzling when we read news of states and local governments crafting legislation to tax electric and hybrid vehicles because of a decline in gas-tax revenue – say what!
On the other hand, it is refreshing to see companies pursuing creative ways to be more fuel efficient. The UPS Right Turn at the Right Time example is fascinating! Listen to this, in 2007 UPS saved 3 million gallons of gas by reducing the number of left-hand turns their drivers made. In doing so, they have also shaved 30 million miles off delivery routes and reduced CO2 emissions by 32,000 metric tons.