EV Charging for Fleets
EV Charging for Fleets
Benefits of Incorporating an Electric Fleet
Businesses are constantly looking for ways to increase efficiency within their daily operations and switching to an all-electric vehicle fleet can contribute greatly to this effort. Fleet managers typically charge vehicles during non-working hours to ensure the vehicles are always topped off and ready for a full workday. Fleet drivers typically won’t experience range anxiety throughout the day thanks to long range EV models hitting the road. Fleet managers can also track usage and generate sustainability reports which can contribute to short- and long-term goals within the company.
Why is a Networked Charging System Important for Fleets?
Managing a fleet isn’t easy; but it’s much easier when incorporating EV’s with networked charging. ChargePoint chargers provide fleet managers with complete control over their vehicles and how they are managed via one simple dashboard to manage each station. The ability to track energy usage via easy-to-read data reports allows managers to see real numbers behind sustainability measurements. These reports also include information such as the amount of fuel savings and how much greenhouse gas emissions have been avoided.
Proper power management is crucial for running an efficient fleet. Fleet managers can program charging to not only occur during non-working times, but also during the time of day that electricity costs are lowest. This will reduce daily electricity costs associated with charging the vehicles and ensures EV’s will still be ready for a full day of driving.
ChargePoint’s networked chargers also automatically update as needed, eliminating wait time for the latest improvements, and keeps your fleet charged and ready at all times.
What Level of Charging is Best for Fleets?
For most commercial fleet applications, level 2 charging stations are the preferred option. Fleet’s typically don’t need DC Fast (level 3) charging given that there are long enough periods of time between uses to charge. Level 2 charging is viewed as a “top-off” model; driving during the day will use up some charge, but when they return at the end of a shift, drivers will plug in and top-off their vehicles.
Level 3 charging which takes significantly less time to charge is starting to show up in public transit fleets. For example, electric buses typically opt for Level 3 charging to decrease down-time and increase the amount of time in route.
State Incentives to Support the Decision to Switch to an EV Fleet
Many states offer incentives/rebates for both building charging station infrastructure as well as the purchasing of electric vehicles. Most of these rebates require data reporting capability, meaning that a networked charger is necessary for many fleet applications. To see if your company is eligible for local/state incentives please contact us!
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