More and more fleets are considering electrification to be a priority these days. Fleet electrification is when businesses transition their vehicles from internal combustion engines (ICE) to zero-emission electric vehicles (EV)s. While it may be exciting to switch to electric vehicles, you must have a fleet electrification strategy in place before you can successfully implement them in your fleet. You’ll need to make four considerations in this decision; we’ll discuss those now.
No. 1: Understand Your Needs
Every fleet is different, and you need to make the transition to EVs manageable for your business. Answer these questions before you make the switch to better understand your business’s needs:
- Do all of your vehicles need to be fully electric? If not, which ones should you switch?
- Is switching to EVs a viable option for you operationally and financially?
- How many electric vehicles do you need? When do you need them?
- Which EV models are available in your market, and do they meet your needs?
No. 2: Financial Considerations
Electric vehicles are naturally more expensive than ICE vehicles – they can cost 30% to 40% more. While some potential rebates and incentives can offset those costs, and fuel savings help in the long run, you must consider the financial effects of switching to electric vehicles. Here are some questions to consider:
- What is your budget? Include money for the vehicle, charging infrastructure, software and tools, and driver training.
- What government incentives and rebates are available to offset your costs?
No. 3: Battery Range
The range of an electric vehicle is determined by its make and model. Of course, fleets vary widely in how far they travel. Some can drive across the country, while others are local to their cities and neighborhoods. There are electric vehicles for different kinds of fleets. Some EVs have batteries that last over 200 miles, and others have short-range batteries better for neighborhood fleets. You’ll also need to consider where your fleet will charge the vehicles. Usually, fixed, urban environments are best for EV fleets.
No. 4: Getting Support
Everyone in the business should be involved in switching over to electric vehicles, from investors to drivers. To get support, it may be best to detail the total cost of ownership, the environmental benefits, how it will help the fleet’s operations, and how you plan to implement these vehicles. If everyone is involved from the beginning, you will likely have more support as the process continues.
Keep Up to Date on EVs
Of course, you always want to stay updated on changes in the fleet industry, and Azuga wants to help. We are experts in the field, working with fleets all over the country in all shapes and sizes. Check our blog regularly to see the latest on electric vehicles and more advice on operating an electric fleet going forward.