John Deere and Hitachi both launched separate fuel advantage programs aimed at increasing operational efficiency.
John Deere's WorkSight Fuel Advantage program is eligible on 47 pieces of construction equipment. The Hitachi Fuel Advantage program is eligible on 23 pieces of Hitachi construction equipment.
Both programs feature fuel consumption commitments, quarterly reports designed to help contractors improve efficiency and an incentive to utilize the John Deere dealer as a consultative partner.
Enrolled machines will earn a credit of $1 USD/ $1 CAD per gallon/liter above target if the machine’s average annual fuel consumption exceeds the program’s target fuel consumption level. Credits, if earned, will be provided at the end of the year for use at either local John Deere construction or Hitachi construction excavator dealership*
Another key component of both programs is the ability to use a John Deere or Hitachi dealer as a consultant. John Deere customers utilizing the JDLink machine monitoring system will be emailed quarterly reports. Hitachi customers will be offered the similar fuel burn reports by utilizing ZXLink. When contractors discuss the first report with their dealer within 60 days of receiving it, they will receive a code redeemable online for a $100 USD/CAD personal fuel card from the participating fuel retailer of their choice.
Eligible machines purchased between Nov. 1, 2015 and Aug. 31, 2016 can be enrolled in the John Deere WorkSight Fuel or Hitachi Fuel Advantage programs. Machines are eligible for program benefits for three years or 5,000 hours from settlement.
*Credit can be used towards the purchase of parts, service, rental or a new machine.