The Fiat Group (Automobile Research & development P.D. Services) has selected Tokheim ProFleet equipment and services for its sites in Balocco, Italy. The high-speed Q110 fuel dispensers and DiaLOG fuel management systems were installed on the private fuelling station that is situated beside Fiat’s famous test track in Balocco (Vercelli). Tokheim Italy project managed the completion of the new site including the installation of Tokheim commercial dispensers, fuel management systems, tank gauges, probes, and provided full installation works on the site.
Balocco is the major proving ground of Fiat Group. The Circuito di Balocco test track was built in the early sixties by Alfa Romeo for testing new cars, prototypes and racing cars. The track area exceeds 500 ha and it has over 80 kilometers of different types of test track.
More than 20,000 vehicles use the test track each year, clocking up mileage of more than 9,000,000 km. The test track houses a full F1 racing circuit for high-speed testing. Vehicles using the facility include the famous brands of Ferrari, Abarth, Maserati and of course Fiat’s own vehicle range.
Fiat were looking for a system to help reduce the time taken to authorise and refuel their drivers’ vehicles, plus they wanted a solution to help improve wetstock management on the site. On 100 filling operations a day they would find several mistakes taking time to find and correct. Enough reason for Fiat to start looking for a fuel management system that would actually work.
Tokheim ProFleet’s fuel management system, DiaLOG, has helped streamline the refuelling process. More than 200 RFID tags have been issued to the drivers to provide a faster and more secure authorisation process. Fiat staff have been fully trained in using DiaLOG’s powerful reporting and analysis tools, which has helped improve the wetstock management, invoicing and the timing of deliveries to the busy site.
At the proving grounds there are two filling locations, one for personal cars and one for trucks. The installation for cars includes two lanes with 2 pumps, one DiaLOG and offers a total of 4 filling positions covering 3 different products. The installation for trucks includes one pump, one DiaLOG and offers one filling position for diesel only. At both locations there is a car wash installation as well. Tokheim Italy project managed the completion of the new site including the installation of Tokheim commercial dispensers, fuel management systems, tank gauges, probes, and provided full installation works on the site.
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