7 Fleet Services Required for Successful EV Implementation
The key to a stress free transition to electric semis is upfront preparation and a clear analysis of current and projected operational needs your business, taking into account each particular stage of the vehicle lifecycle. Starting from acquisition to disposition and having the right services in place to support your operations at each stage. Here are 7 Fleet Services Required for Successful EV Implementation.
1. Feasibility Assessment
The inital step to transitioning to EVs is to assess your vehicle assortion and fleet application and determine when a transition time would be the most feasible. Working with a fleet management company [FMC] to conduct a thorough feasibility assessment, which includes:
- In-depth analysis of current usage patterns
- Review & analysis of required range, & payload,
- Projections for total cost of ownership, maintenance, & support
Based on this assessment, you will have a better understanding of which vehicles to change to EVs and when.
2. Fleet Funding, Leasing & Rental
In addition to traditional leasing, funding, and rental options, factors such as tax credits or incentives can impact the financial picture. Your fleet financing partner should be able to assess whether your fleet can benefit from these incentives and how they impact your overall bottom line. While initial funding costs are likely to be higher, the ongoing expenses of operating EVs will be lower than their internal combustion engine [ICE] counterparts. Work with your FMC to estimate when your breakeven point will be.
3. Fleet Upfit & Engineering
New electric semi technology means new methods of upfitting vehicles. In addition, certain EV types will support upfitting while others may not. If your particular application relies on proper upfitting to get the project completed, then upfront planning to select the right chassis, plus having the correct upfitting partners with the right expertise, will be crutical to understanding whether EVs can be upfitted to meet your fleet’s specific needs. Look for an FMC that can manage the entire upfit process and ensure the vehicle is delivered in a state where it’s ready for service.
4. Fleet Acquisitions & Deployment
After you’ve selected the right EVs for your fleet application, you need a dedicated team to properly source, order, and ship those vehicles. New OEMs, like Tesla, Rivian and Lordstown, continue to enter the market, so look for fleet partners that work with a wide variety of OEMs and have extensive dealer networks to get you the models you need.
It’s also important to note that order-to-delivery windows can be extended for EVs, and there will be a limited supply of EVs in the near future to meet increasing demand. Work with your FMC to plan ahead and place reservations as far as advance in possible. For some models, this may mean placing your reservations now so you’re prepared for when EVs are expected to go into service, electric semi routing will be essential to successful implantation.
5. Charging & Energy Services For EV Implementation
When selecting electric semi’s charging infrastructure and energy services is a significant factor. Deciding what type of charging, determining if you need to install on-site charging, and understanding the full picture of your energy service options are all important aspects. If vehicles return to a central location daily, a level 2 and DC fast charging may be best. Addressing your charging questions now will elimiante future problems.
6. Service Support
Servicing and maintaining EVs requires a different service network and approach than their ICE counterparts. While EVs are known for their ease of maintenance (no oil changes and fewer moving parts), they will still need to be maintained, and in the case of a breakdown you need to know your service network has EV-trained technicians at the ready. It’s important to find out if the vehicles you select can be serviced locally in their area of operation. Ask your FMC partner if they can handle EV servicing and if there is a dealer or service network available for your fleet and is important for EV Implementation.
7. Fleet Remarketing
There are two sides of the remarketing process to consider: remarketing current fleet vehicles that are phased out for electric semis, and remarketing EVs in the future when their replacement time comes. Your current fleet can be a source of funding to help finance the transition. Currently, the market is extremely strong for userd vehicles. When it comes to reselling EVs, the projected timeline for reselling is longer because of the longer llifecycle with EV’s.
Making the transition to EVs must be done strategically, and planning ahead will present your greatest chance of success. This will allow you to account for all fleet service aspects and time each phase appropriately. Even if your fleet isn’t quite ready for EVs to hit the road yet, the future is closer than you think. Companies that properly prepare for an electric semi future today will be best equipped to reap the full cost savings and benefits of EVs.