The tool can provide analysis and data to help fleets make informed decisions. - Photo: HDR

The tool can provide analysis and data to help fleets make informed decisions.

Photo: HDR

HDR announced it has upgraded its proprietary Zero+ Fleet Optimization and Feasibility Modeling Tool to examine all manner of fleets with more precision.

The tool will serve fleet owners making their transitions to zero emissions with power consumption and vehicle capability analysis.

HDR worked with international research and development consultant Mitacs and the University of Toronto to integrate greenhouse gas emissions as an output capability. It also added GPS input capabilities and simulation models for vehicles from OEMs to the fuel-neutral modeling tool. HDR also added the ability to adjust energy consumption based on temperature data from the last year.

The Zero+ Fleet Optimization and Feasibility Modeling Tool provides reports for private medium and heavy-duty truck, bus and car fleets. The reports can lead to decisions about fuel type, fleet size, routes and maintenance.

The tool also uses operational fleet data to provide analysis of energy cost scenarios for each vehicle.

“We find that the ability to run iterative scenarios and the resulting detailed reports on projected energy usage, mileage capacity and recharging or refueling needs provide invaluable data that allows our clients to realistically consider the feasibility and operational viability of transitioning to zero emissions,” explained HDR’s zero emissions mobility practice lead Rob Mowat. He continued, “Customizing the NREL FASTsim and incorporating GPS data makes it possible to provide this kind of actionable data for every type of fleet.”

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