EV Charging for Fleets
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.
Benefits of adding EV charging
Reduce operating expenses with lower fueling and maintenance costs
Achieve sustainability goals
Proactively manage expenses and reporting with network access
Manage power in a grid-friendly way
Managing a fleet isn’t easy; but it’s much easier when incorporating EV’s with networked charging. Networked 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 EVs will still be ready for a full day of driving.
Why networked charging?
- Allows the Fleet to manage all aspects of electric fueling from one location
- Save Capex & Opex using Scheduled Charging, Power Management, and Utilization Reporting
- Unlimited Programming & Reporting
- Sustainability, Access Control, Sessions, Charge Status/Alerts, Driver Groups
- Unlimited Wireless Station Connectivity
- Allows station adjustment, monitoring and remote access by support or fleet manager, anytime. No building LAN or Wi-Fi needed
- 24/7/365 Driver Support
- Drivers can call Support anytime, ask questions, or walk them through using a charging station.
Level 2 or DC Fast?
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.
- What is your fleet type?
- When is the vehicle operating?
- Does it have a set or variable route?
- How many miles per day?
- How are the vehicles assigned to drivers
- How are the vehicles and drivers being managed?
- Where is the maintenance performed?
- How and where is the vehicle garaged?
- How long will the vehicle need to charge?
- What is the proposed EV replacement rate?
- What type of data will the organization need to measure?
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!