In accordance with the European Green Deal, the sale of most petrol and diesel vehicles could potentially end by 2030 in the UK. As a result of this impending change, fleet organisations are exploring electrified fleet vehicles. Telematics devices are proving instrumental in this research as fleet managers can evaluate the capability and efficiency of electric fleet vehicles. Research conducted by WEBFLEET predicts that if all of the customers who are estimated to be able to switch from Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEVs) to Electric Vehicles (EVs) did so, collectively their C02 emissions could be reduced by 31%. There are even dedicated companies (such as Drax) who manage an organisations fleet transition from ICEVs to EVs by creating an EV strategy and implementing infrastructure according to the organisations’ requirements. They then use telematics data and insights to optimise the fleets’ performance and efficiency.
Why you should consider transitioning to an electric fleet
By reducing C02 emissions we will have cleaner air as transport is the largest cause of greenhouse gasses and the biggest environmental polluter. A cleaner environment will likely improve the general health of the population. In addition, EVs are significantly quieter than ICE vehicles meaning a reduction in noise pollution. This is important as noise pollution can have negative effects on hearing and stress levels. All companies also have a Corporate Social Responsibility and making the transition to EVs will work in favour of this.
EVs typically have a lower centre of gravity due to the batteries being secured along the bottom of the vehicle. This reduces the likelihood of the vehicle rolling during a collision which in turn can reduce fatality rates. As fleet vehicles and drivers spend considerable time on the roads, this is an important factor for consideration.
Reduced running costs
It is estimated that a journey in an EV can cost less than half the amount it would cost to travel in an ICEV. This is because electric vehicles are up to four times more efficient at energy conversion and electricity is cheaper than ICE fuels. According to fleet alliance there are now more electric vehicle charging points than there are fuel stations in the UK, with the number quickly rising. This makes EVs a practical choice in many ways.
As EVs have fewer moving parts, they require less maintenance. Less maintenance means saving time and money for fleet owners as their vehicles will spend less time in the garage. This, along with significantly lower running costs, makes EV’s a cheaper choice over the typical lifespan of a vehicle. If fleet owners purchased all EVs over ICE vehicles, they could make huge long-term savings.
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