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Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge reduced emissions with 8 000 tonnes of CO2

Press release   •   Feb 07, 2020 05:05 EST

Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge.

During 2019, more than 9 000 drivers participated in the Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge. The competition was a great success where about 60 companies, organized through 114 teams with approximately 4 100 vehicles, participated. Dagab Backa won the most prestigeous prize as the European Champion.

Addsecure-owned Fleet Management Systems provider Vehco, today announced the results from its competition within Eco-Driving 2019. The competition, called "Vehco Eco-Driving Challenge", is voluntary among Vehco’s customers and it is based on the Vehco Eco-Driving Index . The driving behavior has improved during the competition. When Vehco analysed the data, the improved behavior proved to deliver major fuel savings . When comparing the result 2019 with 2017 (when the challenge started), Vehco's estimate shows that the competing companies reduced their total consumption by approximately 2998 000 liters of diesel, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions of approximately 7915 tons and savings of about 3 298 000 €.

To make the competition even more exciting, the 60 competing companies are divided into 6 different classes based on country (SE, NO, FI, DK, DE, FR) and in one class for bus operators in Europe. Further, Vehco has also followed the companies with the best improvements during the year and best Eco-driving momentum. During the competition Vehco has continuously updated a performance chart on the company's website to keep all stakeholders informed about the leaders. ​Read more here

Dagab won the European Champion title
Finally, Dagab Backa became the European Champion, winning both the Swedish class and totally. See the winners in each class in the table below.

Company Competition class Vehco Eco-Driving Index, Q4 2020
Dagab Team Backa Transport company, Sweden 89
Isaksson Karlsson, Team Växjö Bus Operators (EU) 82,3
Ahola Team AT Cargo Transport company, Finland 82,2
Transports PROUHEZE PARADIS Transport company, France 80,9
Litra Gass Transport company, Norway 76
Danwerth Spedition KG Transport company, Germany 73,2
Arla Foods Transport company, Denmark 72,3

Best improvers
In the Challenge, it is also possible to win prize for the best yearly improvement of the index, see the three best improvers below.

Company Competition class Improvement 2020
Thygesen Transport Best improver 16
Road Cargo Team Gävle Second best improver 14,5
Samat Team Atlantique Third best improver 10,3

Best Eco Momentum
To measure the total impact of eco-driving, Vehco follows up Eco Momentum for each company in the competition. Hence, Eco Momentum is the number of drivers multiplied by the index improvement for each company. See the three companies with best eco-momentum is presented in the table below.​

Company Competition class Average Index Q4
Thygesen Transport Best Eco-Momentum 1008
Ahola Transports Second best Eco-Momentum 930
Widéns Åkeri Third best Eco-Momentum 434

Great commitment among customers
During theChallenge, the interest from Vehco'scustomers has grownandpeople who are working to improve driving behavior and reduced fuel consumption/environmental impacthave showna great commitmentfor thecompetition.

–Dagab's development within Eco-Driving continues with the help of Vehco. This year is the third year we are on the podium (!). The whole journey has been fantastic for everyone involved. We care a lot about our CO2 footprint and the environment within Dagab and Axfood. We are very pleased with all the individual improvements that many of our drivers have made during our Eco-Driving program. We look forward to 2020 together with Vehco, says Per Rudholm,Transport Manager,Dagab Inköp & Logistik.

Online award ceremony to reduce CO2
In previous years, Vehco has invited the winners of the competition to an award ceremony at Vehco's head office in Gothenburg. This year, local ceremonies were conducted in parallel in each country to reduce travel and CO2 emissions. All ceremonies were linked together through a joint video conference, so that the awards ceremony was according to the model "Eurovision Song Contest". In conjunction with the ceremony, the various companies shared their experiences with each other and Vehco how they worked to succeed with Eco-Driving.

Press contact Johan Stråkander, Marketing Manager Vehco AB, Tel +46 (0) 31 64 51 23, johan.strakander@vehco.com

About Vehco
Vehco, established in 2001, is a leading European provider of systems for Transport- and Fleet Management, and part of AddSecure. The core business is to provide Transport- and Fleet Management Systems for heavy and light commercial vehicles. Vehco serves over 2 000 customers and has offices in Sweden (HQ), Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland and Spain. Vehco markets and sells its products through a dedicated sales team and through partners in Europe. Vehco has 250 employees and a yearly revenue of 32M€. 

AddSecure
AddSecure is a leading European provider of premium solutions for secure data and critical communications. The company serves over 100 000 customers and partners around Europe with secure communications and solutions that help customers safeguard their life- and business-critical applications. This helps save lives, protect property and vital societal functions, and drive business.
AddSecure serves customers in the security and safety industry, in building security and automation, in digital care, in transport and logistics, in utilities and smart cities, and more. Customers are provided with solutions within Smart Alarms, Smart Care, Smart Grids, Smart Rescue, and Smart Transport.
The company, founded in the early 1970s, today employs more than 550 staff in 12 countries. AddSecure is headquartered in Sweden, and has regional offices as well as a network of distributors around Europe. AddSecure is majority-owned by Castik Capital, a European private equity fund with a long-term approach to value creation, founded in 2014.

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