Reducing Unnecessary Idle Time and Protecting the Fleet
An Idle Mitigation System (IMS) helps overcome the significant challenge in fleet management and keeps service vehicles on the road within the fuel budget.
Idling in vehicles is very common in the public sector. Many public workers such as police officers, firefighters, and others who manage city fleet vehicles need to operate their vehicles at idle for performing their duties. Idling generates emissions, which become a factor because passenger vehicles, light trucks, medium-duty vehicles, and heavy-duty vehicles consume over 6 billion gallons of fuel and gasoline without moving.
Contribution of IMS to maintaining vehicles:
An Idle Mitigation System (IMS) eliminates excessive idling with hands-free control. The IMS involuntarily shuts the engine and provides all necessary power if any vehicle is idle. This technology allows full use of the vehicle’s HVAC controls, providing comfortable service even when the engine is not working. It also prevents the waste of fuel and energy because of engine idling. An IMS automatically manages the engine for recharging the batteries required for vehicles’ stationary use for a prolonged time. Drivers only need an easy press of the brake pedal to start the engine and prepare the vehicle for a drive. IMS takes the engine’s vehicle when it is in a stationary state again, allowing the drivers or public workers to concentrate on their responsibilities without any distractions like manual idle reduction systems.
An IMS enhances driver or vehicle operator safety and comfort by allowing the use of HVAC and electrical components of the vehicle with no noise or fumes. In addition, the IMS reduces distractions by automatically delivering heat, air conditioning, and power for equipment in a stationary state, safe for people in the vehicle.
The IMS also protects the environment by reducing the fuel consumption by vehicles in a stationary state. For example, if it saves one gallon of gasoline or one gallon of fuel during the park, it means it kept 18.95 lbs and 22.06 lbs of CO₂ to release into the environment.
And it indirectly means that the IMS also saves fuel during every hour of idling. During idling, an engine consumes around 1.2 gallons of diesel fuel, and using IMS reduces it to 0 gallons; this typically saves about 2-4 years.
IMS aids in reducing operating costs. During an hour of idles, an engine makes the same wear and tear as it does in 33 miles of driving. IMS extends the asset life and reduces the operating cost.
How IMS operates the vehicles during park:
An Idle Management System (IMS)protects the engine from unnecessary wear and tear and allows all the operation in the vehicle when it is in the park.
Providers sufficient Power to On-board Electronics:
The IMS in the vehicle provides adequate power to all onboard electronics, including radio, lights, and HVAC, without running the armature engine.
Extensive Compatibility with Chassis engines:
The IMS systems are generally compatible with light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty engines manufactured by major companies.
Run HVAC without Engine:
The IMS allows specific HVAC use and provides heating & cooling of vehicles through factory vents without running the engine.
Thus, the IMS not only protects vehicles but also protects the environment without compromising the comfort of drivers or people in the vehicle. Additionally, saving gallons of fuel also saves money.