Idle Reduction

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IdleBox Toolkit

IdleBox is a toolkit of print products, templates, presentations, and information resources to assist with idle-reduction projects for fleets with light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles. IdleBox tools can be used to educate and engage policymakers, fleet managers, sustainability managers, drivers, and other decision makers about the benefits of reducing idling.

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Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time an engine idles unnecessarily. Idling wastes fuel and increases engine wear, so small changes in idling time can lead to noticeable benefits, including cost savings, less pollution, and reduced noise.

Engines idle for a variety of reasons, such as to keep vehicles warm, operate emergency lighting or radios, or power off-board equipment. Each year, U.S. passenger cars, light-duty trucks, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty vehicles consume more than 6 billion gallons of diesel fuel and gasoline—without even moving. Roughly half of that fuel is wasted by passenger vehicles.

Idling can usually be reduced without compromising driver comfort or vehicle equipment operations. Learn about: