Organisations are starting to feel the pressure to reduce emissions. However, there’s a lot of confusion about the best approach to successfully transition to electric vehicles. For many Fleet Managers, day-to-day operations take precedence over the broader goals of reducing emissions. If this sounds like the challenge facing you, we have a proven strategy to get your people into EVs. With government mandates already in place, now is the time to start planning for a smooth and successful transition to a more sustainable fleet.
A successful transition to EVs depends on a comprehensive approach.
- The Fleet Review
- The EV adoption roadmap
- Your EV policies
- Utilising EV-friendly tech
- Measure the gains
Deciding what’s possible
Smartrak’s proven strategy to help organisations transition to electric vehicles highlights the opportunity for fleets to reduce their carbon footprint.
Our Transition Strategy offers a complete plan for EV transition, including feasibility analysis, identifying opportunities for fleet optimisation, and EV rollout.
It all starts with understanding your operational requirements and developing a tailored EV Transition Strategy that maximises fleet productivity alongside reducing emissions.
Step 1: The Fleet Review
An honest review of fleet operations doesn’t start with assumptions, it starts with analysing the data of actual vehicle use. Smartrak client, Meridian Energy, assumed that transitioning 30% of their white fleet to EVs was doable. However, the data collected through telematics illustrated that a 100% transition was achievable, and that’s where they are now.
The review will provide the confidence to map out a roadmap towards a more sustainable fleet that is also aligned with your organisation’s goals. It also provides a baseline by which all future reporting and analysis will be measured.
Step 2: The EV adoption roadmap
Once you understand your fleet, you’re in a position to create a tailored roadmap that will guide your transition to electric vehicles. This should include your charging strategy: will you rely on public chargers or bring in your own charging infrastructure? This is also the right time to factor in any vehicle leasing milestones for EV swap-outs and the government incentives and rebates that are available.
Step 3: Your EV policies
An EV that isn’t fully utilised won’t noticeably reduce your fleet costs or your emissions. Underutilisation can come down to a range of factors: range anxiety, preference, or unsuitability can all affect how much an EV is used. By adopting policies that prioritise the use of EVs and ensure that charging isn’t an issue you will get over most of the hurdles to maximised utilisation. And if your Fleet Review has done its job, you will have identified those special case vehicles that are currently unsuitable for EV transition.
Step 4: Utilising EV-friendly tech
Smartrak has prioritised EV adoption in our product development roadmap. This has produced some new features and solutions to make EVs easier to adopt and manage.
Our latest tracking device offers state-of-the-art telematics alongside an EV focus that provides real-time visibility of critical battery data, including battery charge state and range on that available charge.
This tracking solution will also underpin your EV charging strategy by letting you know when an EV is on a charger. Combine this knowledge with an awareness of battery levels across the fleet and you can prioritise access to chargers.
If you run a shared fleet, our pool booking solution includes EV-focused features that highlight the previously discussed battery data and automatically calculate if there is sufficient charge for a booker’s proposed journey. The booking solution can also prioritise EVs in booking requests to ensure they are always used first, where appropriate.
Step 5: Measure the gains
To generate momentum in the adoption of EVs you will need to demonstrate that it’s worth the investment. This is where reporting is vital. The huge amount of information that’s being collected through telematics and your pool booking solution, if you have one, needs to be analysed and shared with others. Smartrak can integrate telematics and pool booking into a seamless and powerful information generator and then deliver that knowledge in easily shared and impactful reports. You can see savings in fuel use and project reductions in vehicle servicing costs. We also have an automated fleet emissions reporting module that will measure progress to a more sustainable fleet.
Proving that your EV adoption strategy is making a difference provides the confidence to expand the role of EVs in your business and highlights where savings can be reinvested in your more sustainable fleet.
To find out more or to start your fleet's transition to electric vehicles, talk to us today.