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Eco-driving training and fuel consumption: Impact, heterogeneity and sustainability


  • Barla, Philippe
  • Gilbert-Gonthier, Mathieu
  • Lopez Castro, Marco Antonio
  • Miranda-Moreno, Luis


In this paper, we assess the impact of an eco-driving training session on fuel consumption using panel data. A random coefficient model is estimated to measure the effect of the course over a ten-month period, controlling for confounding factors and individual heterogeneity. We find that eco-driving training induced average city and highway fuel consumption reductions of 4.6% and 2.9% respectively. The effects are highly heterogeneous between individuals, with standard deviations of about 5%. Drivers' socio-demographic characteristics are not helpful to explain these discrepancies but we find that drivers of vehicles with manual transmissions achieve significantly larger reductions: 10% on city roads and 8% on highways. Finally, we show that reductions faded gradually after the course. City reductions go from 4.6% to 2.5% within ten months. Highway fuel use decreases average 3.5% in the first ten weeks after the course but become statistically insignificant after about thirty weeks. Overall, the average impact translates into an annual fuel saving cost of about 60$ per driver.

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  • Barla, Philippe & Gilbert-Gonthier, Mathieu & Lopez Castro, Marco Antonio & Miranda-Moreno, Luis, 2017. "Eco-driving training and fuel consumption: Impact, heterogeneity and sustainability," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 187-194.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eneeco:v:62:y:2017:i:c:p:187-194
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2016.12.018

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    Eco-driving; Fuel consumption;

    JEL classification:

    • R48 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - Government Pricing and Policy
    • Q48 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Government Policy
    • L92 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Railroads and Other Surface Transportation


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