Fleet managers: it’s time to get serious about EVs
Regardless of your current fleet makeup, there’s no doubt that sustainable mobility is on your radar.
But for many, the journey to achieve it is fraught with uncertainty. The fear of change and letting go of “the devil you know”— gas- and diesel-powered vehicles, fueling and the associated (familiar) costs — for the unknown can be a big de-motivator.
Here’s how you can start to make the shift.
Learn the true cost of electrification
There is a perception that it costs more to have an EV than vehicles with traditional internal-combustion engines (ICE). While the leased cost per vehicle may be slightly higher, fuel and maintenance costs are significantly lower, more than offsetting any price differential.
UK insurer Direct Line released a study that calculated the average running costs of EVs compared ICE vehicles. It found that annually, an EV cost about 1.925€, 21 percent less than the average cost of an old-fashioned car, which was 2.435€.
Determine which vehicles to electrify and why
One common myth about EVs is that their battery capacity and mileage range just don’t make them viable for most corporate use. But consider this: The average range of a typical EV is about 150 miles per charge.
One of Daloop’s clients was convinced that for most vehicles in the fleet, routes were too long to make them candidates to go electric. Taking their own data and evaluating usage needs and patterns, we found that 90 percent of their vehicles drove only about 95 miles, well within the range of a standard EV.
They balanced their 800-vehicle fleet make-up between ICE and EVs to accomplish their fleet goals while also reducing costs of the leased vehicles and fuel expenses. And with their leasing partner, they created a supply of short-term vehicles for the 10 percent of their trips that would be better served by traditional vehicles.
Ultimately, this data-focused mobility planning let them define a more productive relationship with their lease provider that supports both business and sustainability goals.
Plan your charging infrastructure
Simply put, you can’t have EVs without a charging infrastructure.A well-planned corporate fleet charging infrastructure will manage both electrical availability and vehicle charging needs.
You’ll need the ability to report on, manage and optimize consumption of mixed-vehicle, mixed-use fleets. Not only that, you want to provide a simple tool to drivers so they can charge no matter where they are (and without them worrying about the cost).
If employees take their company vehicle home, a sophisticated but easy-to-install solution can track the electricity consumption for that purpose so the company can reimburse the worker and keep track of overall corporate energy consumption.
You want control – to white-label, to localize, to enable and track usage – in order to capitalize on the investment made on your fleets and charging infrastructure.
Fleet owners and operators choose Daloop for all this and more.
Benefits of fleet electrification
Armed with the knowledge of the cost savings you stand to gain from going electric, you can make the right decisions about which vehicles make sense for your business needs, and you’ll be able to create the charging infrastructure to ensure your employees’ demands are met.
- Reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and air pollution;
- Save money on the overall cost of transportation; and
- Create a better environment for your employees and customers.
Want to know more about how Daloop can help you on this journey? Get in touch with our team today.