Eco-driving is a driving technique that saves fuel. Concretely, eco-driving consists mainly of using the lowest possible engine rpm, maintaining a steady speed, adopting a fluid driving style, and avoiding unnecessarily abrupt braking and accelerations… which requires anticipating traffic conditions and respecting a safe distance between vehicles. So it’s no wonder eco-driving offers greater safety, too!
At RATP, eco-friendly and fuel-efficient driving techniques are applied by those behind the wheel of our buses. Moreover, to motivate our drivers, we’ve set up an Eco-challenge contest that rewards the bus lines and maintenance depots that report the biggest reductions in fuel consumption. The Eco-challenge also enables us to verify the impact of eco-driving on energy savings and air quality!
Eco-driving is equally important underground. Our metro drivers are cautious to limit acceleration and maximise energy recovery during braking in order to restore some of it to other trains and keep the line running smoothly. And on driverless lines, the use of driving software has resulted in energy savings of 16%!