NTEA releases Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool


Media Contact:
Summer Marrs
Director of Communications & Public Relations

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (Feb. 20, 2019) — NTEA recently launched a new Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool. Designed to be flexible and user-friendly to accommodate a variety of truck life cycle analysis needs and different fleet structures, this cloud-based resource enables fleets, engineers and sales representatives to load differing depreciation methodologies (such as straight-line, accelerated and pool depreciation techniques), fuel types and regional fuel prices to fit the necessary truck or fleet analysis. Users can also incorporate the impact of income taxes into business decisions, where appropriate, and perform what-if scenarios. Depending on needs, the template can support single-vehicle comparison decisions, vehicle class analysis and whole fleet calculations. It can also act as a forecast tool when paired with a price sensitivity analysis — often necessary when dealing with volatile fuel price scenarios.

The Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool enables users to evaluate multiple strategic or operational alternatives in a quick, comprehensive approach. It’s valuable for fleet operators, financial administrators supporting fleet decision-making, and fleet sales teams working with clients to introduce new technology solutions.

When conducting whole fleet evaluations, results will be more accurate when breaking a fleet into similar cost profile blocks (i.e., pickups with two-wheel drive separated from four-wheel drive). From these blocks, a weighted average can be used to combine separate cost elements into a unified view of a particular vehicle class or the entire fleet. To make the most robust model possible, it’s important for users to get input from their corporate financial team on select variables (i.e., internal cost of capital and estimated inflation), and ensure all parties are in agreement on the decision-making methodology. We recommend using forecasted fuel prices, averaging predictions from multiple credible sources.

This tool is a free NTEA member benefit (login required) — not available for public purchase. Association members are encouraged to set up login credentials (username/password) by creating an account, if they haven’t already. Once verified, NTEA will email direct confirmation of account activation. Learn more and access this resource at ntea.com/lifecycle. Contact NTEA’s team with any questions at info@ntea.com or 800-441-6832.

NTEA offers a variety of fleet resources (ntea.com/fleetresources), including custom sessions, events and opportunities at The Work Truck Show® 2019 (March 5–8 in Indianapolis, Indiana). The Association’s fleet relations team will be at NTEA’s Booth 3400 (view staff schedule at worktruckshow.com/nteabooth), with Vehicle Life Cycle Cost Tool demos from 3–3:30 p.m. on March 6 and 11–11:30 a.m. on March 7. Get details and register to attend the Show at worktruckshow.com/fleets.

About NTEA
Established in 1964, NTEA – The Association for the Work Truck Industry represents more than 2,050 companies that manufacture, distribute, install, sell and repair commercial trucks, truck bodies, truck equipment, trailers and accessories. Buyers of work trucks and the major commercial truck chassis manufacturers also belong to the Association. NTEA provides in-depth technical information, education, and member programs and services, and produces The Work Truck Show. The Association maintains its administrative headquarters in suburban Detroit and government relations offices in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario.