In support of its culture of conservation, the Town of Cary will be taking a two-pronged approach to boosting its fuel efficiency starting in 2014. To be implemented by February 1, telematics, or vehicle performance diagnostic devices, will be installed on 57 public works and utilities vehicles. The devices will capture vehicle idle periods, acceleration and breaking patterns, and driving speeds to produce quarterly reports that will be used to assess fuel consumption. Additionally and by March 1, the Town of Cary will install 22 Energy Xtreme Batteries in a subset of these public works and utilities vehicles. These anti-idling batteries provide an alternate power source to run auxiliary equipment like hazard lights for up to four hours. The Town already uses five anti-idling batteries in its fleet. Between the telematics and additional batteries, fuel reduction is projected to decrease by 15,000 gallons annually, saving the Town $48,000per year.
The telematics software and idle reduction batteries are funded nearly entirely by a grant from the North Carolina Solar Center at NC State University with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding provided from the NC Department of Transportation. Formally recognized at last night’s regular Cary Town Council meeting, the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Grant awards the Town of Cary with $121,778 in grant funds, or enough to cover 80-percent of the associated costs. The remaining costs, about $40,800, will come from the Town’s General Fund balance.