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Get a CarChip Pro at eBay Auction

You may have noticed we are now selling a great eco-driving device called CarChip Pro, manufactured by Davis Instruments in California, at a great discount via the FuelClinic website.

You’ll be reading more here in the near future about the CarChip Pro and how it can be used for several things related to Safer, Smarter, Fuel Efficient Driving – including using it with a particular set of Driving Profiles as a real-time eco-driving feedback device that will not distract the driver.

The other day I placed one brand-new CarChip Pro on auction at eBay, giving you a chance to bid on a brand-new CarChip Pro.

I’m trying to come up with a monthly contest idea, where the winner is awarded a CarChip Pro… any suggestions on what kind of contest would be interesting?

Related: Introducing CarChip Pro w/ Eco-Driving Profile to FuelClinic Users



FuelClinic data included in Copenhagen case study

A few weeks ago I was asked by EcoDrivingUSA to create a graphic describing some aggregate efficiency improvement data from the information collected here at FuelClinic. The intent was to demonstrate the efficacy of eco-driving techniques for improving fuel efficiency and decreasing GHG emissions.

I spent a few hours pouring through the database, to find the best data set to describe our users maintaining fuel receipt records, making sure not to skew the numbers, but selecting a sub-set of our most active members who do not have data entry problems (automatically flagged as “suspect” by FuelClinic – a whole topic unto itself).

Then I created the following graphic, with this description:

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This information made it into an “EcoDriving Impact Study for Copenhagen” presented by Driving Sustainability earlier this month. What’s most impressive is that the average improvement in fuel efficiency is 5.23% without any real form of ecodriving training – a point not lost on the authors of the study:

According to FuelClinic.com, the average EcoDriver improves their efficiency by 5.3%. These are drivers who have had no formal instruction on green driving…

If everyone in the US improved their efficiency by a basic EcoDriving level of 5%, this would result in a 66,346,545 ton reduction in CO2 emissions in the US.

The most active FuelClinic account users are benefiting from following simple online tips and believing that they can improve their fuel efficiency. The effort it takes to create an account, collect multiple receipts, and enter that information into the application is not trivial, and it indicates that a percentage of motorists are interested in understanding their fuel efficiency – and just the act of being “involved” and improving their understanding is all it take to turn an average motorist into a basic EcoDriver.

As an aside – my personal goal for FuelClinic is to increase this average efficiency improvement to 10% by the end of 2010.

You can download the case study (.pdf) here.



Video: Eco-Driving Training

Take a few minutes to see a bit of eco-driving training in action. This video was shot in the UK, where eco-driving techniques are more well established and practiced more frequently (after all fuel is quite a bit more expensive in Europe than it is here in the US) – but the lessons are universal, and not difficult at all.

Both mention how difficult it is to change driving habits, that it may take as long as 6 months to overcome the “automatic” existing habits. In the end the driver gets some feedback that he has almost doubled his fuel efficiency with the new habits – a powerful motivation to motorists looking to save money while maintaining current their current lifestyle.



Fuelishness! Feed: Saving Money Motiviate Drivers; Oil & Gas Not Prepared for Risk; New Drilling Tech vs. Peak Oil; Doubts about 2016 Efficiency Goals

  • Money proves biggest motivator for a motorist’s eco-driving choices — When it comes to fuel efficiency, saving money trumps saving the environment for most people who have recently bought – or are thinking of buying – a new vehicle.
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  • Oil and Gas at Risk From Climate Change but The Industry is Not Prepared — A new Acclimatise report backed by IBM, entitled Global Oil & Gas – The Adaptation Challenge has identified top five impacts of climate change to the oil and gas industry. While three quarters of the world’s oil and gas companies surveyed believe climate change could impact their business, only 19 percent are taking action as noted in this Acclimatise report.
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  • New Techniques Oil Companies are Using in Drilling for Oil — As the politics and philosophical arguments about “Peak Oil” continue to rage, science continues to move steadily onward, progressively creating new and better ways to both find and extract oil that we never could have previously discovered, as well as get a lot more bang for our buck by more effectively utilizing the oil that we currently have readily available to us in our current reserves.
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  • Fuel efficiency up, but many miles to go — EPA report shows small gains in ’08, casts doubts on meeting 2016 goals — Americans bought slightly more efficient cars and trucks in 2008 compared with a year earlier, and are expected to do so again this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday.


Believe Sustainability is the first member in South America of the Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Partnership

November 26, 2009 · Filed Under Community, FuelClinic, Motivations, Reducing Emissions, South America · Comment 

Source: Believe Sustainability

The current discussion on fighting climate change brings a clear need for reductions on greenhouse gases emissions caused by transportation. Transport related CO2 emissions are expected to increase 57% worldwide in the period 2005 – 2030, being 80 percent caused by transportation in developing countries. This is directly linked to an overall lack of sustainability represented by poor urban planning, increased motorization, increased air pollution and noise, growing congestion and decreasing road safety.

It is in this context that Believe Sustainability has become the newest member of Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Partnership, aiming to expand its projects on sustainable mobility worldwide.

SLoCaT Partnership is an international organization hosted by the UN Department of Economy and Social Affairs together with development banks and international agencies. It intends to provide opportunities for coordination and cooperation among organizations working on sustainable, low carbon transport.

Believe Sustainability SLoCaT Partnership has a multi-stakeholder membership of more than 40 organizations, among universities, governmental agencies, institutes and NGOs. To promote the partnership, members must demonstrate commitment towards sustainable mobility and low-carbon transportation, and promote the discussion at the regional, national and global level. Thus, Believe Sustainability, an organization located in Brazil that develops consulting on sustainable mobility and creator of the BetterAir Project http://www.projetomelhorar.com.br, comes in great time to join the Partnership, emphasizing the importance of the subject on developing countries in South America.

Center for Science and Environment (CSE)

Center for Transportation and Logistics Studies (PUSTRAL), Gadjah Mada University

Civic Exchange (CE)

EMBARQ, The WRI Center for Sustainable Transport

Global Environmental Facility (GEF)

Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP)

Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE)

International Union of Railways (UIC)

International Transport Forum (ITF)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Institute for Transport Policy Studies (ITPS)

Institute of Transport Studies (ITS), University of California, Davis

Korean Transport Institute (KOTI)

Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism, Japan

National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS), Philippines

Rockefeller Foundation

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)

University College of London, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomtaic Engineering

University of Transport and Communication (UTCC) Hanoi

VEOLIA Transport

WWF International



Building an “Eco-driving Community” on Facebook

November 22, 2009 · Filed Under Community, Eco-Driving, FuelClinic · Comment 

We are working to create a greater community of eco-driving motorists and small business owners who want to connect and share their experiences using eco-driving  techniques that make a real difference in their own lives.

FuelClinic has a membership of over 3,300 people who use the service to keep track of their fuel mileage by simply keeping their receipts from the gas pump, writing in their odometer reading, and later taking a few minutes to add that to their records in their FuelClinic account.

Our membership is active and engaged, but disconnected from each other because of the way the prototype site was built to ensure privacy. We’re now creating an option, and allowing users to choose to share their information with each other using the worlds largest social network – Facebook.

We’ve recently created a Facebook Page for FuelClinic (you’ll need a Facebook account to interact with the page), and will begin building our “Ecodriving Community” using the popular social network as the engine for this growing community. If you “become a fan” of this page, you’ll

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At the same time we have quietly been developing a Facebook application connecting into FuelClinic accounts, so you will soon be able to post your mileage stats as a box on your Facebook profile, and you’ll be able to login to your FuelClinic account using Facebook – making updating your receipts much easier.

This is just the start of our community-oriented goals. We realize not everyone who wants to be an eco-driver is a Facebook user, so I’m designing some simple social options into FuelClinic2010.

Of course, you can always opt to keep all of your account information private if you are not interested in interacting with the larger community of FuelClinic eco-drivers.

Let me know what you think — add your suggestions for building an effective and interesting community of eco-drivers in the comments section of this post – or post your ideas on our Get Satisfaction site.



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