PeopleNet says it's the first telematics provider to deliver engine reporting for compressed natural gas and liquified natural gas vehicles, allowing fleets running traditional diesel-powered and alternative-fuel-powered vehicles to accurately compare fuel use and efficiency.

The PeopleNet system will translate the data set of pounds of compressed or liquid gas to Diesel Equivalent Gallons, giving fleet managers a tool they can use to compare performance and forecast savings.

"Without this conversion data, we'd be hard-pressed to handle these time-consuming calculations," says Mike DelBovo, president of Saddle Creek Corp. of Lakeland, Fla., which is buying 40 natural-gas-powered trucks this year and more next year. "And moving forward, we'll need to continue comparing drivers' and vehicles' mpg performance in our mixed-vehicle fleet."

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