More businesses are looking to transition their fleets to electric vehicles. If this applies to your company, you want to follow a few steps to make the process a success.
What to Consider When Transitioning to an Electric Fleet
Step 1: Understand Your Needs
Every business has different needs. The first step is determining yours. Some essential questions to answer include,
- Do all of your fleet vehicles need to be fully electric? If not, which vehicles in the fleet are the right ones to switch to EVs?
- Is switching to EVs going to be viable operationally and financially? Can EVs do the work you do?
- How many electric vehicles do you need and by when?
- Which EV models are available in your market, and do they meet your needs?
The answer to these questions will help you plan an effective strategy.
Step 2: EV Fleet Financial Considerations
Purchasing EVs is an investment. Commercial electric vehicles can cost 30 to 40 percent more than diesel vehicles. Savings on fuel, along with rebates, tax credits, and other financial incentives can help offset costs, but companies will still pay out-of-pocket.
Determine your budget, including costs for charging infrastructure and driver training. Don’t forget about the costs of software and tools. Check to see which financial incentives are available in your area.
In one of our latest blogs, EV Charging Infrastructure – Developing a Plan, we take a look at the often overlook soft costs associated with an EV charging infrastructure. Be sure to review the infographic for hidden costs.
Step 3: EV Fleet Battery Range
EV range varies by vehicle type. It’s crucial to know the range your fleet requires. Long-range routes may require an EV battery capable of covering over 200 miles on a single charge. Shorter routes may not need a long-range battery. Hybrid electric vehicles are another option to consider for longer routes.
A few questions to ask when determining EV fleet battery range needs include,
- Where do you plan on charging the EVs?
- Will employees charge the vehicles at home?
- What is the max distance your vehicles need to go?
- What is the terrain like?
- Are there any public DC fast chargers on your routes?
When reviewing the driving environment, remember that EV batteries tend to last longer on city routes than in rural areas.
Step 4: Fleet Electrification Buy-in
Businesses want to include everyone on their team in the EV fleet implementation process. It includes investors, management, employees, and drivers. The most effective way to gather fleet electrification buy-ins is by outlining the overall costs of EV ownership. Don’t forget to highlight the environmental and operational benefits, along with an action plan for implementation.
Fleet Electrification with Apogee Charging Solitons
The beginning stages of EV implementation can seem overwhelming. Answering these questions will make the transition process go more smoothly. Whether you are in the beginning planning stages or are ready to make the transition, we are here to help.
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