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EVs Are Here; Is Your Fleet Ready?

Many fleets are choosing to make the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). Or rather, the choice is being made for them. In Europe, gas-powered vehicles will no longer be sold to consumers as of 2025. The question is no longer if EVs will be commonplace on the road, but when.

 

To add to this challenge, EV manufacturers aren’t required to standardize the way in which they provide access to vehicle-side data, which could, in theory, require a new approach for accessing said data (and essential telematics insights) for each new EV model that hits the road. That is, of course, unless there is a telematics platform that helps bridge the gap and allow for a seamless integration of data.

 

Looking 5-10 years into the future, fleet managers closer to home are recognizing that transport vehicles are on the list to get “plugged in”, and that there’s inherent value in investing in the infrastructure to support them. But what do they need to know to make wise investments in EVs and their supporting architecture, while supporting the vehicles they already have? In this piece we’ll look at what you need to know to invest in the EV evolution, and how GoFleet can help make the transition near-effortless.

 

GoFleet Can Assess Your Current Vehicles

 

There’s no need to dispense with your entire gas-powered fleet just yet. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an estimate of the total cost to own a car for a five year period. It includes all spent expenses and losses incurred due to the vehicle’s depreciation. As a general rule of thumb, it’s time to replace your vehicle when the costs to repair are higher than the costs to buy, and using the TCO is a great way to predict and assess which vehicles will stay and which ones need to be replaced. This is just one of the ways GoFleet can save you time and money; purchase less and use what you’ve got.

 

Let us help you decrease the risk when the time comes to make difficult purchasing decisions. We’ll help you gauge the health of your gas-powered fleet, guide you through what to replace, and how to pool your resources more efficiently and effectively. We’ll help you create a hybridized fleet based on your business needs, while weighing them against the EV wave.

 

The OEM Connection

 

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are already collecting data around vehicle heath. GoFleet offers a software interface that partners with OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to leverage embedded telematics systems and improve your purchasing decisions. Currently we support over 100 EV makes and models, including John Deere, Ford, GM and International to feed your UI with essential information.

 

The data produced by vehicles provide critical insights that help fleet operators manage and optimize their vehicles. Any vehicle that is not supported could become a liability for fleet managers.

 

GoFleet has spent years developing an industry-leading approach to accessing data, and we have intentionally built systems to make it easier and quicker to “speak with” various EV models, ensuring that we continue to grow our list of supported EVs.

 

We offer support for fleets of all sizes, including the largest EV makes and models available. We work directly with vehicle manufacturers to develop unique access to EV data, ensuring your EVs will have strong, critical data support now and in the future as you continue to augment your fleet. We have your entire fleet covered, and you can operate in confidence knowing there’s nothing missing from your data.

 

Manage New EVs Through Custom Notifications

 

GoFleet can create customized notifications and personalized, built-in rules to manage your EV fleet successfully. You can for example:

  • Receive notifications when a vehicle’s battery reaches a critical level while on the road and requires charging
  • Prioritize charging order for fleet EVs based on lowest charge level
  • Remind drivers when it’s time to plug in and charge the battery
  • Avoid charging during peak electricity times and rates by establishing ‘no-charge time’ rules

 

Map Functionality

 

Immediate charging status provides a view of which vehicles are actively being charged at any given time. GoFleet’s telematics include battery charge data in real-time, as well as charging status, allowing you to identify which EVs in your fleet have the greatest battery charge so you can dispatch the right vehicles to get the job done. 

 

GoFleet Keyless Solutions

 

What if you could remotely manage your fleet with a digital key solution that enables multiple drivers to share vehicles, without the need for physical key exchanges? The ability to use any vehicle without keys lowers the number of vehicles in your fleet to save time, money and resources. 

 

GoFleet provides a mobile app that allows you to start the vehicle and unlock the doors remotely. Secured keyless access ensures only authorized drivers can access your vehicles. No more waiting for the driver of an assigned vehicle to show up with the only set of keys in the fleet; with secured keyless access, you can take advantage of complete fleet visibility to reduce, repurpose or redistribute assets and increase utilization.

 

“It’s real money,” says Vishal Singh, President of GoFleet. Singh is a major proponent of cost-saving efficiencies through digital keyless solutions. “At any given time, only 50% of your vehicles are running. So rather than sharing keys, everyone has access to an app that allows them to use any vehicle in the fleet. So now you’ve lowered the number of vehicles you need in your fleet.” A move, Singh says, that can add up to major savings over time. 

 

“Let’s say I cut 20% of the vehicles in my fleet. If the average cost of a vehicle is $50,000, that’s a million dollars I’ve just saved because those vehicles aren’t just sitting in the lot. And I’m basically operating at the same efficiency and capacity as before, with fewer vehicles,” Singh says.

 

Reporting

 

Whether you have a gas-powered fleet or are looking to incorporate EVs into your business, GoFleet’s telematics can offer cost-saving opportunities with detailed reporting and valuable insights into how your vehicles are operating. Manage and support your fleet through real-time updates. Review fuel and energy usage to assess an average electric range and the performance of your EVs against regular fuel vehicles. 

 

Determine if you’re maximizing battery usage with a charging report; a complete history of your EVs from a charging perspective, showing you when and where your EVs are charging, how long they were charging at a specific location, and the amount of charge they received. GoFleet’s EV Charge Assurance provides an in-depth look at the charging status of all of your fleet’s electric vehicles, ensuring that they’re charged and ready to complete their route:

  • Receive alerts when battery levels of a vehicle reaches a dangerously low level while on the road and requires charging. 
  • Send reminders to your drivers when it’s time to plug in and create a charging order for your vehicles.
  • Eliminate charging during peak hours; set hours when your fleet should not charge due to peak electricity rate times and receive notifications when a vehicle is charging during those hours.

 

Conclusion

 

Making the transition to an electric fleet requires a shift in mindset. What does your fleet need? How can you make the best choice around when and how you acquire new vehicles? Whether you’re already ahead of the curve with a new EV fleet, or looking to integrate electric vehicles into your existing roster, GoFleet has the telematics tools to make the transition as seamless as possible. Let us bridge the gap with scalable solutions that help you get on the road faster and more efficiently – contact us today!

Electric Vehicles In Fleets: Research Before You Implement

Electric vehicles are the future and many are anticipating that in the upcoming years, they will be increasingly popular in fleets. While there can be numerous benefits that arise from using these innovative modes of transportation, fleet managers must keep in mind three key factors prior to implementation. Specifically, how telematics solutions, real-world driving conditions and incentives should be reviewed. 

What Benefits Are Enticing Businesses? 

As technology evolves, companies continue to see new ways that they can utilize innovation to their advantage. When discussing EVs, many fleet managers are intrigued to adopt them because of varying benefits;

  • Lowering spending on fuel as many find that the cost to ‘plug-in’ their vehicle in comparison to purchasing gasoline or diesel can be lower
  • Reducing the cost of maintenance on vehicles as electric drivetrains can in some cases be lower to maintain as it’s functionally simpler 
  • Employee experience can improve as employee satisfaction, performance and retention reportedly increase as team members can feel more aligned with company goals and initiatives 
  • Better corporate sustainability as the company is proactively adjusting their actions to lower their environmental footprint

What Fleet Managers Should Keep In Mind Prior To Implementing Electric Vehicles

Monitoring Vehicle And Fleet Performance 

Similar to a traditional fleet, EV fleets must also have the right resources available to monitor their vehicle and fleet performance. Overlooking this key detail could leave fleets at risk for being inefficient or unproductive without even knowing it! Just like a traditional fleet, electric vehicles must be kept in peak working condition and routes need to be well organized to make sure the investment is worth it. 

Real-World Driving Conditions And Batteries 

Depending on the size and purpose of your fleet, you may find that certain electric vehicles will function better for your business. This stems upon the fact that your needs and the available technology will vary since the electric vehicle industry is still growing. Some key factors to keep in mind are; average daily use, accessibility to charging stations during transportation, the logistics of charging time, the costs and frequency of charging, as well as environmental (roadway) conditions. These all play a factor in what vehicle you should use as the lack of charging stations, the weight of cargo being carried or even rough road terrain could make using an electric fleet more expensive or unrealistic.  

For example, if your team frequents a route with limited access to charging stations, you may find that you will need to wait until electric battery charges improve or charging station access increases. It’s also worth highlighting how hybrid electric vehicles could be the better choice right now as they are not so limiting in terms of battery and charging options. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) use electric motors in addition to gas engines which limits the stress of finding a charging station to ensure a timely delivery. 

EV Incentives 

It’s no surprise to hear that transitioning a fleet from gas to electric-powered vehicles can be costly, so do your research about incentives available to you. As there is a large focus on the environment, governments are creating numerous incentives with varying electric vehicle tax credits to encourage the popularity of EVs. With the opportunity to receive thousands of dollars back in tax credits, it’s something businesses must take advantage of if they are investing in an electric fleet. 

Regardless of if you’re thinking of deploying electric vehicles into your fleet, it’s critical to stay updated on current industry trends. As technology is always advancing and businesses are continuing to find innovative ways to grow, you must stay informed. One way to do this is to sign up for our newsletter as we send out monthly updates about trends and telematics technology. Make sure you scroll down and fill out the form to stay updated!