New developments in water injection and turbocharging

Mark Schneider | 25/08/2015 4:01:55 PM

Water and petrol do mix, apparently Water and petrol seems an unlikely combination to put in your car - they certainly don’t mix very well - so why is one of Germany’s top car makers planning to inject water into the engines of its new petrol models? The news coming out of Bavaria is that BMW will be using water injection technology on all its turbocharged petrol engine cars in an effort to squeeze more power and better fuel consumption out of them. The science behind ...

Credit cards vs. Fuel cards

Mark Schneider | 20/08/2015 8:00:00 AM

If you own a business then you’ve got better things to do than keeping track of hundreds of separate invoices for fuel. It’s a time wasting distraction when you just want to get on with doing what you do best – running your business. So you might be thinking that simply running up your fuel costs on a credit card is the answer. After all, that allows you to record all those fuel purchases on one simple monthly statement, which is surely better than accumulating all those...

Misfuelling your car – a costly mistake

Jess Wallace | 27/02/2015 1:53:40 PM

Putting the wrong fuel into your car can be a massive mistake. If the vehicle is driven, the engine can seize and parts of the fuel system may be destroyed. It can easily result in a write-off due to parts costs. At Fleetcare, on average, a maintenance controller will take around 3 calls a week regarding misfuelling. A diesel input hole in a vehicle is bigger than a petrol input hole, so more than likely these calls have been regarding a client misfuelling a diesel car. The pump for di...

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Categories: Fleet Management, Fuel

A moment with client services

Jess Wallace | 16/01/2015 2:13:22 PM

Fleetcare wouldn’t be the same without our amazing Client Services team. Client services deals with everything from Fuel cards and eTags to Toll notices and verifying maintenance invoices.   We had the opportunity recently to sit down with Jess to see what it’s like to work in Client Services here at Fleetcare. Jess has over three years’ experience and has dabbled in a number of roles here at Fleetcare. Here is what Jess had to say. What does your day in Client ...

No fees. No fuss. Just Fuel

Jess Wallace | 10/11/2014 4:05:50 PM

To celebrate 25 years of Fleetcare we have come up with a special offer that is virtually unheard of – a company fuel card with no fees attached! Besides giving your drivers access to one of Australia’s major oil companies, it’s a way of replacing the constant stream of invoices with one monthly fuel statement. And unlike a credit card there are no annual fees, no transaction fees and no surcharges – we don’t even charge you to replace a lost or stolen card. ...

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Fleetcare - Celebrating 25 Years

Jess Wallace | 22/10/2014 3:05:57 PM

'When we established Fleetcare 25 years ago we didn’t want to be like other fleet management companies. We wanted to create a business that was inspired by customers and dedicated to delivering a first class service. Rather than relying on our purchasing power to secure sales, we listened intently to our customers and tasked ourselves with saving them time and money in the most unlikely places – from fuel consumption and maintenance, to roadside recovery and management inf...

How Fuel Is Made From Crude Oil

Jess Wallace | 10/10/2014 9:33:10 AM

We use it every time we start our vehicles and spend a fortune on the stuff, yet most of us wouldn’t have the slightest clue as to how it’s made, let alone that it’s made from crude oil. This article is here to explain how fuel is changed from its natural state to the fuel we pump into our vehicles at the local petrol station.  Where it all begins It all begins with crude oil – a black substance made up of what people in white coats call hydrocarbons. Crud...

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Categories: Technology

How to reduce fleet emissions

Jess Wallace | 22/09/2014 4:20:13 PM

Do you rely on a strong fleet to help your business run smoothly? With vehicles that are constantly on the road - tips that help reduce your carbon footprint will not only help increase your businesses environmental image, but will also help lower your fuel costs. By following the below steps you can greatly reduce your fleet’s emissions and enhance your overall environmental image. 1. Optimise your routes – Allowing your drivers to have an on-board GPS enables drivers to ...

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Categories: Financial Tips

Simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle

Kirsten Brent | 25/09/2013 9:48:41 AM

There is nothing quite like the feeling when you drive your new car out of the showroom – owning a shiny, perfect new vehicle certainly has its perks, so it is only natural to want to keep your vehicle in pristine condition for as long as possible. When discussing fleet vehicles it is also important to protect your investment and keep your vehicle on the road and operating at its best. While vehicles have a finite lifespan, there are some very simple things you can do to extend the life...

Fuel Cards for Small Business - How why and where you’ll save money

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 30/04/2013 10:14:26 AM

At times, the troubles of managing a small business can be overwhelming. Every entrepreneur eventually realises that running a business is about more than simply going to the wall with a great idea. Logistics, employee management, taxes, and production problems will pose obstacles along the way. The wise small business owner will find ways to simplify and streamline their operation, minimising these problems as much as possible. Fuel Management For businesses that have employees on th...

The Modest Odometer

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 28/09/2012 3:24:38 PM

So it sits there, glaring back at us, pleading with us to explore it, understand it and get some use from it. We, on the other hand, ignore it and move on with our daily lives. “It” is the vehicle odometer figure which we, on most occasions, routinely ignore. For the most part ignoring the many seemingly random figures it presents is normal. However occasionally there is something to be learned from the figures under our nose. So what can they offer? This week we set out to find o...

The top selling cars under the microscope - fuel economy

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Executive | 14/09/2012 3:41:31 PM

This Olympic season we were all introduced to something new. This year’s Olympic medal table got looked at through many new lenses, including medals per head of population, medals per funding dollar and so on. This got us thinking; perhaps we should take a deeper look at the usual top selling vehicles with a little more depth? With this in mind we decided to take the top 30 selling vehicles and make a list of the 10 least fuel efficient of the bunch. The list rules Usi...

Blending in too well - ethanol in Australia

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 20/07/2012 9:17:31 AM

Another week, another fuel article. We could be criticised for going into so much depth about one topic if it weren’t for the increasing public demand for alternatives to the petrol status quo. This week we turned our attention to ethanol. Whilst ethanol is an alternative to regular petrol, it does not fit into a like for like comparison like LPG or diesel does. This is because the fuel can be blended with other fuels (most notably petrol) to work with multiple engine types. The most pr...

Petrol vs LPG - a fair fight?

Rory Deegan - Online Marketing Coordinator | 13/07/2012 9:24:04 AM

So we’ve done other comparisons, we’ve looked into the differences between petrol types and we've reviewed many models. However, not yet have we compared Petrol with its much discussed competitor; LPG. LPG or liquefied petroleum gas has been an alternative to petrol for a long time however it has never truly dented petrol’s dominance of the fuel marketplace. Currently there are only two major manufacturers, Ford and Holden, making the vehicles (not including conversions)...

The high octane debate, what petrol are you?

Fleetcare Fuel team and Maintenece team with Rory Deegan | 22/06/2012 9:47:45 AM

So we’ve all been there, staring blankly at the pump and thinking to ourselves “91 or 95?”. Despite how confusing this may look the explanation is relatively simple. The higher the number, the higher the level of octane. Most petrol engines can accept all types of petrol, however more and more manufactures are recommending specific types. It’s also worth pointing out that there are other specialist petrol fuels available which don’t trade only on their octane lev...

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