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Fleet DNA: Commercial Fleet Vehicle Operating Data

Contribute Data

Learn how to contribute to Fleet DNA anonymously to help other fleets analyze and improve their drive cycle metrics.

For more information, refer to the Fleet DNA fact sheet.

Fleet DNA Project graphic depicting a trail of data emerging from trucks.

This project supports the development and deployment of market-ready advanced vehicle technologies.

The Fleet DNA clearinghouse of commercial fleet vehicle operating data helps vehicle manufacturers and developers optimize vehicle designs and helps fleet managers choose advanced technologies for their fleets. This online tool provides data summaries and visualizations similar to real-world "genetics" for medium- and heavy-duty commercial fleet vehicles operating in a variety of vocations.

Data by Vehicle Category

View and download data, charts, and reports by vehicle category.

Delivery Trucks

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The delivery truck category includes data for city delivery, straight trucks, stake body vehicles, furniture trucks, rack trucks, and beverage delivery trucks ranging in size from class 3 to class 7 with primary vocations of delivering parcels, food, linens, beverages, or warehouse items.

Fleet DNA has 553 days of driving data from 36 delivery trucks operating in the United States.

Related Studies

Learn more about the operation of delivery trucks through these studies.

School Buses

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The school bus category includes data for a wide range of school bus types, including class A to class D body types sized from class 3 to class 6.

Fleet DNA has 857 days of driving data from 204 school buses operating in the United States.

Related Studies

Learn more about the operation of school buses through these studies.

Transit Buses

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The transit bus category includes a wide range of data for buses operating on shorter-distance public transport bus services, which include single- and double-deck buses, articulated buses and midibuses. The typical operating weight range for this category is class 7 and 8 with the primary vocation being mass transit.

Fleet DNA has 472 days of driving data from 19 delivery trucks operating in the United States.

Related Studies

Learn more about the operation of transit buses through these studies.

Bucket Trucks

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The bucket truck category includes data for a wide range of vehicle chassis builds that have a powered overhead boom with a bucket attachment. The sizes of the vehicles in the database range from class 3 to class 7 with vocational applications in the utility and telecommunications fields.

Fleet DNA has 283 days of driving data from 20 bucket trucks operating in the United States.

Service Vans

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The service van category includes data for both service and utility vans ranging in size from class 2 to class 3 with vocational applications in the utility and telecommunications fields.

Fleet DNA has 29 days of driving data from 4 service vans operating in the United States.

Tractors

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The tractor category includes data for a wide range of vehicle types and configurations, including beverage delivery tractors, semis, sleeper semis, and refrigerated trucks that each have a removable trailer and range in size from class 7 to class 8. Vehicles in this category also include a wide range of vocations, such as beverage, fuel, and food delivery, and regional and long-hauling activities.

Fleet DNA has 1,150 days of driving data collected from 70 tractors operating in the United States.

Related Studies

Learn more about the operation of tractors through these studies.

Refuse Trucks

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The refuse truck category includes data for a wide range of refuse-hauling vehicles, including front-, side-, and real-loading refuse trucks in addition to dumpster-hauling trucks. The typical operating weight range for this category is class 8, and the primary vocation is refuse pickup.

Fleet DNA has 387 days of driving data from 39 refuse trucks operating in the United States.


Composite Data for All Categories

View charts with data for all the vehicle categories above or download the composite data for all vehiclesExcel. Fleet DNA has 4,705 days of driving data from 486 vehicles operating in the United States.


Connect with Clean Cities

Through the National Clean Fleets Partnership, Clean Cities works with large private fleets to cut petroleum use. To connect with Clean Cities in your area, find a coalition.

Tools and Resources

Use these tools to analyze and sort transportation data:

  • FASTSim – Produce testable drive cycles from real-world vehicle data to cut testing and analysis time.

  • DRIVE – Simulate vehicle design and use scenarios with fuel economy, performance, battery life, and cost calculations.

  • AFLEET – Calculate a fleet's petroleum use, cost of ownership, and air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions.

Find more tools and resources on the Alternative Fuels Data Center.

How to Use the Data

Use these resources to understand the data and get ideas on how to use drive cycle metrics:

Documentation

Examples

How to Contribute Your Data

You can contribute your fleet's data anonymously to Fleet DNA to help other fleets analyze and improve their drive cycle metrics. Learn more in the fact sheet on Contributing Data to the Fleet DNA Project.

How to Cite the Data

Publications that use data from Fleet DNA should include a citation with the following information:

Walkowicz, K.; Kelly, K.; Duran, A.; Burton, E. (2014). Fleet DNA Project Data. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. http://www.nrel.gov/fleetdna

If you use the data in a publication, please notify Adam Duran so we can gauge the reach of the data.

More Information

For more information, contact Adam Duran, 303-275-4586.