One Size Doesn’t Fit All: How to manage a mixed ICE and EV fleet

EV adoption is a dimmer switch, not a light switch.  Due to the available products and use case requirements, there will be a mix of (ICE) internal combustion engines and electric vehicles (EVs) within fleets.  From a practical perspective, EVs will not be the only form of propulsion. Managing a fleet that includes EVs and ICE vehicles requires a comprehensive approach, balancing each vehicle type’s distinct characteristics and requirements. Here’s a summary of strategies and considerations for effectively managing a mixed fleet:

  1. Training for Drivers: Transitioning drivers from ICE vehicles to EVs may necessitate training to familiarize them with the differences in vehicle operation, particularly in areas like vehicle safety due to quieter operation, regenerative braking, and the impact of cold weather on battery efficiency. Understanding these nuances can help maintain safety and efficiency in fleet operations.
  2. Data Analysis and Reporting: Leveraging data analytics can optimize fleet productivity and efficiency. For EVs, this includes managing charging times and understanding the impact of various charging options (DCFC to slower L2 chargers) on operational schedules. Additionally, electricity costs can vary significantly by location and time, adding complexity to managing operational costs. A central data dashboard that aggregates all these variables can help fleet managers make informed decisions.
  3. Understanding Mixed Fleet Fueling Costs: A comprehensive approach to analyzing the costs associated with both charging EVs and fueling ICE vehicles is crucial. This involves considering the impact of charging at different locations (public stations, at home, or at depot) and the operational changes needed, such as managing vehicle downtime for charging. It’s also important to consider the cost variability of electricity and how it affects the total cost of ownership compared to traditional fuel.
  4. Designing the Infrastructure: Planning and executing a future-proofed EV charging infrastructure is critical. Starting with pilot projects and gradually scaling up can provide valuable insights and experience, facilitating a smoother transition to a more electrified fleet. You may think you need (10) L3s, but a slight modification in your operations may conclude that you only need (2) L3s and a handful of L2s – (A much cheaper and potentially more efficient solution).

Addressing these key areas can help fleet managers navigate the complexities of managing a mixed fleet of EVs and ICE vehicles, ensuring operational efficiency and sustainability. Call us today, and let us walk you along the journey to electrification.

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