The Right Thing To Do
Glenncoe Transport Ltd. and the enviroTruck
“We’ve always focused on doing what’s right and these new trucks are the total package.” That’s how Don Coe, President of Glenncoe Transport Limited, describes his company’s newest additions. “The enviroTrucks have everything we wanted.”
The Kelowna-based company, which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bison Transport, has purchased 20 of the Class 8 heavy-duty tractors – the most technically advanced vehicles of their kind on the road today.
“We had been looking to replace almost two dozen older tractors to our fleet of approximately 170 vehicles for some time, and we knew we wanted a truck that was environmentally-friendly. The enviroTruck met our specifications perfectly,” explains Glenn Coe, the company’s VP of Operations, “but the interesting thing is we didn’t even know about the enviroTruck before we began the process.”
The enviroTrucks do have it all: 2007 EPA certified low-emission engines, speed limiters to ensure the rig doesn’t go any more than 105 km/hr, aerodynamic add-ons on both truck and trailer, auxiliary power units to reduce idling and fuel efficient tires. Once all the improvements are factored in, each of the high-tech tractors could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 48 tonnes per year and a corresponding dramatic increase in fuel efficiency. Glenncoe expects to see savings of approximately 10 per cent and should be able to recoup the costs of buying the new trucks within 4 years.
The move to the enviroTruck is part of the company’s continuing evolution towards a more environmentally-conscious business.
“We decided to install speed limiters on our tractors about 20 years ago and knew we were on the right track almost immediately because we saw the results on the bottom line,” says President Don Coe. “We can’t actually see the impact of all the ‘green’ modifications but we know the same changes that resulted in those healthy cost savings from fuel efficiencies are also responsible for cutting our trucks’ GHG emissions.”
It also helps that drivers have bought into the changes. Glenn Coe says sometimes there is a little bit of pushback when something new is introduced but, because most drivers want to do the best job possible, they come around pretty quickly. He says that’s definitely the case with the enviroTrucks. In fact, he says a lot of the drivers are excited about the new tractors, wanting to see how they’ll perform on the run between BC and Alberta.
Other fleet operators in the industry are also interested in what happens. Through its participation in Green Fleets BC’s enviroTruck program, Glenncoe Transport will be able to share its experiences running the enviroTrucks so that other companies can discover the benefits of adding some of the high-tech trucks to their fleets.
“We pride ourselves on doing what is right and we are always looking to improve,” says Don Coe. “Smart operators need to become more efficient and, by using new technologies that both cut fuel costs and help the environment, we know we’re on the right track.”