Australia has aims in place to hit net zero emissions by 2050. With transport accounting for nearly 20% of Australia’s emissions, fleets will play a large role in supporting the transition to electric vehicles to assist with these net zero goals.
Already, the first NSW public EV bus has been launched in March 2021 with the rest of the 8,000 bus fleet to follow, and this does not account for other public transportation services in other states, school buses, parcel delivery services, rental vehicles, logistics companies, taxis and car shares, etc.
While this transition is a large undertaking required of fleet owners to transition to EVs, it is also an opportunity to get ahead of the game and pave the way for eco-friendly transport options to future-proof your business as well as contribute to a robust, green economy for Australia’s future.
Building Your EV Fleet
As with any business venture, electrifying your fleet should focus on the big picture, rather than the initial investment to avoid spending money twice. Things you’ll want to consider include:
- Vehicle Requirements:
Depending on the needs of your business and supporting charging infrastructure, size is important. Whether you need a variety of vehicles or not, you’ll need to decide whether your business will most benefit from light, medium, or heavy-duty EVs.
Light-duty electric vehicles (LDEVs) include sedans and SUVs and are ideally suited for ride-sharing, car share networks, and taxi businesses. For short-haul trips and delivery services, medium-duty electric vehicles (MDEVs) such as vans will be a better option. Heavy-duty electric vehicles (HDEVs) will be large trucks or buses, and these are most commonly used in large deliveries and public transportation.
From your home location to charging stations on the road, it is important to think big picture and plan holistically for your business and driver needs. From passive below-ground infrastructure to wall chargers to on-the-road charging needs, it is crucial to consider dwell times and the range of your needs and plan accordingly.
- Platform & Data Management:
From security to platform, it is important to consider the management needs prior to electrification. Your electric fleet is only as good as the platform it runs on, and as your fleet progresses the data will be invaluable as your business grows to expand integration, meet user needs, and ensure user experience is simple.
- Incentives and Targets:
The question isn’t if to switch to EV, but when. With both business and government net zero targets, it can be beneficial to plan roll-outs sooner rather than later to take advantage of potential incentives available to offset costs where funding is available. Not only this, but starting earlier gives your business more opportunity to scale up overtime which can help you avoid making costly mistakes in roll out.
Benefits of working with EVX
From operational requirements to analysis of existing data, we can help you to understand your fleet’s driving patterns and behaviour prior to charger network installation. Even past your initial, detailed assessment, we are with you to assist throughout your entire journey by providing ongoing maintenance and support growth.
- Payment Ease:
Fleet fuel expenses are made easy with our RFID technology solution or drive profiles to manage charges to fleet management operators and companies, eliminating the confusion around compensation of charging costs at home or in public.
- Reliable, Scalable, Future-proof Charging Technology:
Our EV infrastructure is long–lasting and reliable for reduced impact on landfills. We offer a variety of infrastructure to suit all of your electrification, even for kerb-side charging stations to suit car share networks.
Please see our solutions page or contact us here if you want to hear more about EVX’s charging solutions for fleets.