Grocery Store Company saves on fuel

From the Arizona Republic by Luci Scott – Apr. 23, 2008 10:40 AM click to read more.
The Chandler-based supermarket chain Bashas’ has been hit hard by the soaring price of diesel fuel that runs its fleet of 97 over-the-road 18-wheelers.     To combat fuel costs, the company recently installed on its tractor-trailers and eight other trucks a device distributed by another Chandler company that cuts fuel consumption as well as reduces emissions. The combustion catalyst system, a device installed into the air intake of the engine, makes fuel burn more efficiently.     “What we know we’re saving right now is 4 percent, with the potential of up to 10 percent,” said Tim Handrick, Bashas’ fleet maintenance supervisor.     Commercial diesel prices this week were $3.96 a gallon, and Bashas’ uses 30,000 gallons of diesel a week. Every week, the company buys four loads of 7,500 gallons each.     “We were taking a fifth load a week,” Handrick said. They were able to cut back after installing the combustion catalyst system, as well as modifying some routes and scheduling to save fuel.     “We were consuming 37,500 gallons a week, and between rerouting and this (device) and making sure drivers aren’t idling their trucks, we were able to take that fifth load out of the equation,” he said.  The Catalyst Injection System is made by Emissions Technology.



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