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Energies 2017, 10(7), 1029; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10071029

Economic Impact of the Use of Inertia in an Urban Bus Company

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Informatics Department, University of Oviedo, 33204 Gijón, Spain
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Electrical, Electronic, Control and Telematics Engineering, and Engineering applied Chemistry Department, Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), 28040 Madrid, Spain
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ADN Context-Aware Mobile Solutions S.L., 33394 Gijón, Spain
This author is an Industrial Technologies Ph.D. Candidate, at Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED), 28040 Madrid, Spain.
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Academic Editor: Xiaosong Hu
Received: 24 April 2017 / Revised: 7 July 2017 / Accepted: 11 July 2017 / Published: 19 July 2017
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Public transport companies face great expenses. In order to be profitable companies, they need to reduce costs in all aspects. In addition, many countries have increased taxes to force transport companies to reduce their fuel consumption and, thus, greenhouse effect emissions. Efficient driving is the cheapest way to achieve this goal. In this paper, we analyze the economic impact of one of the most influential efficient driving techniques in an urban bus company. We calculate the difference of consumption between a well-performed deceleration using the inertia of the vehicle and a loss of speed obtained by using the brakes. For this purpose, we compare a real track performed by any driver in a precise vehicle with a simulated ideal track. To obtain the deceleration of the simulation, we develop a linear regression model on over 170,000 samples captured from the same vehicle over a period of one month. The results show that the costs of the vehicle under test in one month may be reduced by more than 2500 View Full-Text
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Tuero, A.G.; Pozueco, L.; García, R.; Díaz, G.; Pañeda, X.G.; Melendi, D.; Rionda, A.; Martínez, D. Economic Impact of the Use of Inertia in an Urban Bus Company. Energies 2017, 10, 1029.

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