Implementing Fuel Efficiency for MTL Logistics

Implementing Fuel Efficiency for MTL Logistics-min


MTL Logistics operates a fleet of approximately 45 semi-trucks with dry vans, primarily responsible for transporting Tesla parts from Mexico to California. With warehouses located in both Texas and California, the fleet utilizes electronic logging devices (ELDs) and works interstate. Although the Mexico portion of the route is operated by a Mexican partner, the partner uses US trailers.


The company was facing a significant challenge: erratic spending on diesel fuel. Some drivers were refueling at the stations of their preference, regardless of the varying fuel prices. This discretionary approach led to unpredictable fuel expenses, which was a financial concern for the company.


To address this problem, MTL Logistics collaborated with AgileSoft, a software solutions company, to develop a program designed to optimize fuel consumption and costs.

This custom software collected and analyzed data on relative fuel prices across various US states along the company’s route. It identified the most cost-effective gas stations for refueling and integrated this information with the real-time data from the trucks, including their fuel usage, range, and load status (empty or full).

The system then calculated the optimal fueling strategy for each truck, depending on its direction of travel and load. It determined the best places to stop for fuel and the optimal amount to refill to maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

These instructions were delivered to the drivers via SMS, making the process straightforward and easy to follow. The company also instituted a scoring system to encourage adherence to the fuel-saving program. Drivers’ performance was evaluated based on their compliance with the recommended fueling stops and amounts.


The implementation of AgileSoft’s solution led to a more predictable and optimized fuel expenditure, translating to significant cost savings for MTL Logistics. The process also increased the efficiency of the fleet, reducing unnecessary fuel stops and ensuring that drivers adhered to best practices for fuel consumption. The scoring system also promoted a culture of accountability and competitiveness among the drivers, further enhancing adherence to the program.

This case highlights how innovative software solutions can be utilized in the logistics industry to optimize operations and reduce costs. The integration of technology not only streamlined MTL Logistics’ operations but also provided significant financial benefits.

MTL Logistics’ case is an example of how strategic collaborations and the implementation of advanced technology can solve specific industry challenges, leading to operational efficiency and cost savings.