Washington, D.C. paves a path to $6 million in savings by right-sizing their motor pool.
Washington, D.C. is a pioneer adopter of the FastFleet system.
Since it's implementation, the city has saved more than $300,000 during a four month fleet management pilot program and more than $1 million in the first 12 months. The nation’s capitol projects savings of greater than $6 Million over 5 years.
"I believe that technology can be used to create efficiency and save taxpayer money," said Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. "FastFleet has allowed us to better optimize our fleet and we will continue to evaluate our existing fleet and look for additional cost saving opportunities."
Nationally, approximately 4 million vehicles currently are deployed across thousands of fleets within local, state and federal governments. Typically, fleets are sized to meet peak demand, which means on a daily basis thousands of these cars and trucks sit idle. FastFleet’s smart, secure vehicle access enables fleet administrators to easily transition from inefficient, dedicated vehicles, to high efficiency shared vehicles with no reduction in availability for drivers. Additionally, FastFleet-equipped vehicles can be located in a distributed network of locations, instead of a centralized "depot" or motor pool. Employees use an intuitive web-based reservation system, phone, or mobile device, to select and reserve vehicles. A wallet size access card unlocks the doors of a reserved vehicle, courtesy of an integrated card reader mounted under the windshield.
"At a time when governments across the country are being asked to do more with less, FastFleet makes it easy for them to quickly and easily reduce costs while still meeting the mobility needs of their employees," said Scott Griffith, Zipcar’s chairman and CEO. "FastFleet by Zipcar is a new model of efficiency, cost savings and environmental benefit for fleet managers. This is a national roll-out of a new Zipcar line of business."
"Sharing a fleet of small, new, fuel-efficient cars helps keep pollutants out of our air and water," said George S. Hawkins, Director of the District Department of the Environment. "And, as Zipcar users already know, every quart of oil, set of tires and pair of wiper blades has an environmental cost. Using fewer vehicles will lower that cost."
FastFleet mirrors Zipcar’s car-sharing model with one key difference: FastFleet does not supply the vehicles. Instead, client fleet administrators determine the numbers, types and locations of vehicles, which are then equipped with FastFleet’s in-vehicle technology, wirelessly linking them to a dedicated FastFleet server. While FastFleet makes reserving and driving a vehicle a snap for employees, the benefits to fleet managers are even more significant. FastFleet’s administration console enables unprecedented visibility and control over the vehicles in the fleet.
With FastFleet by Zipcar, fleet managers and administrators may:
- Design and configure their fleet footprint in real time for optimal vechile utilization
- Locate and track vehicles through a global positioning system
- Manage hundreds of critical activities including preventive maintenance, fueling, billing, and fleet distribution, just to name a few
- Analyze usage and diagnostic data, automatically captured during every trip
- Utilize FastFleet’s robust, experience-driven analytics to stay on top of trends, ahead of situations and in control of their fleet