There’s no question that Ford’s recently-released Fleet Purchase Planner will help fleet customers make better-informed purchase decisions while balancing the overall cost of the fleet with greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the tool has already helped one fleet customer commit to replacing its fleet.
KONE — an elevator and escalator manufacturing firm — is currently running a fleet of 160 Ford Fusion cars. But by 2018, it will finish replacing those vehicles with a fleet consisting of the new Fusion Hybrid.
“We are proud to continue to do our part to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help provide our employees with a safe, reliable vehicle to travel to site locations,” said Adam Judd, KONE sourcing director, Americas.
According to Ford, KONE will reduce the carbon emissions of its fleet by 850 metric tons a year, while also saving money. A win-win, by anyone’s standards.
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We’re surprised that Ford is, quite literally, the only automaker to offer this kind of a tool to its fleet customers. Not only does the Fleet Purchase Planner provide a useful overview of the cost of the fleet and its effect on the environment, but it serves as an automatic sales tool of sorts, as well. Here’s to hoping that more OEMs create something comparable.