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Zero Emission Vehicles

Feb 21, 2019 | Posted in Vehicles

With close to a third of CO2 emissions coming from the transportation sector, Jim Pattison Lease believes there is a need, from both an environmental and economic perspective, to transition certain fleets from internal combustion engines to alternative powertrains.

Our strategy is to enable our clients to operate cleaner vehicle fleets which are more cost effective to drive and maintain, which ensuring their business needs are met and exceeded.

Research shows that the transition to Zero Emission Vehicles is expected to occur over the next 2-5 years, depending on the following variables:

  • Potential fuel savings through the use of Battery Electric or Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles.
  • Vehicle up-front acquisition cost
  • Qualified service facilities across Canada for both existing and new vehicle manufacturers.
  • Convenient personal, public, and private fast charging stations within every market.
  • Adequate manufacturers’ warranties on batteries and fuel cells.
  • Lower life cycle cost of ownership; both fixed and variable.
  • Government incentives and rebates.
  • Clients use case for vehicles (route assigned, return to base, and on-site vehicles may have a higher adoption rate as they can pre-plan vehicle charging)

Through ongoing research, along with involvement with the zero emission vehicle sector, and robust data analytics available, Jim Pattison Lease can collaborate with clients on options and viability to move to zero emission vehicles. If you would like to learn more about Zero Emission Vehicles and how they can impact your fleet, contact us today.


Tips for managing fuel spend

Jan 23, 2019 | Posted in Tips & Tricks


With increasing fuel prices, here are some tips to ensure you effectively manage fleet fuel spend:

  • Ensure vehicles are properly maintained. A poorly maintained vehicle can consume approximately 20-30% more fuel than a properly maintained one.
  • Check tire pressure. Improperly inflated tires can significantly affect fuel consumption. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on proper tire pressure and care.
  • Adjust driving habits and take advantage of vehicle features such as cruise control systems.
  • Reduce fast starts and stops, as these habits increase fuel consumption.
  • If your vehicle comes equipped with a block heater, plugging it in can help increase fuel economy by ensuring the vehicle gets to proper operating temperature quicker. Most block heater systems will also help heat up the cabin faster so the vehicle does not have to idle for long to warm up the cabin.
  • Consider implementing a fleet idling policy. Modern technologies such as telematics are gaining popularity as they increase safety and compliance. Most telematics systems can also track idling, so fleet managers can analyze the data quickly and easily.
  • Utilize the manufacturer recommended fuel for the vehicle. Most vehicles do not require premium fuel

Jim Pattison Lease understands that fuel is a significant contributor to the overall operating cost of your fleet. For more information and tips to control your fleet fuel spend, contact us today.

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