Overcoming Barriers to Successful Fleet Electrification

04-Sep-2023 14:46:49

The rapid development of battery technology, with longer driving ranges and shorter charging times, has made EVs a more cost-effective and environmentally conscious decision for business fleets. Many governments around the world offer incentives to encourage the adoption of EVs, such as tax credits, grants, and access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes with dedicated “green stickers”.    

As a result, the number of EVs in businesses has been steadily increasing in recent years and is expected to continue to grow. However, successful electrification has a prerequisite: Charging infrastructure.   

Sustainability vs Accessibility  

Different companies approach charging from different perspectives; some charge their fleets of company-owned vehicles, while others want to provide the infrastructure for their employees and customers, driving their sustainability ambitions.    

While businesses are attracted to electric driving due to different drivers, several obstacles exist. Sustainability targets are setting grand expectations while infrastructure development might lag. Legislation on one end sets targets for CO2 cuts and transition to zero-emission; companies & infrastructure providers face other legislative pieces that obstruct infrastructure deployment, such as rigid legislation, fire safety guidelines, planning guidelines, etc.   

Those obstacles could significantly slow down the deployment of the charging infrastructure, which is still one of the primary areas of concern for new EV (Electric Vehicle) drivers.  

Business vs Employees  

Soaring energy and fuel prices demand careful calculations and switching to electric is usually a budget-friendly alternative, especially if the company has its own energy production/spare capacity that could be utilized for EVs, and fleet patterns are favourable.    

On the other hand, the cost of onboarding employees to the new technology and use patterns is often overlooked. And employee satisfaction is one of the critical success factors when implementing new technologies in the working process, especially ones that influence or disturb daily patterns, way of work and interactions.   


How to approach the electrification project:   

ic_map-1Determine your charging needs: Consider factors such as the types of EVs in your fleet, their driving patterns, the amount of time they spend at your facilities, and the distance between your facilities and charging stations.
ic_fleetEvaluate your current infrastructure: Consider the availability of electricity at your facilities and whether your existing electrical system can support EV charging. You may need to upgrade your electrical system or install additional power outlets.
ic_plugConsider the different types of charging stations: There are various types of charging stations available, including Level 1 (110/120V), Level 2 (220/240V), and Level 3 (DC fast charging). Determine which type of charging station is most suitable for your needs.
ic_supportSelect a charging station provider: Research different charging station providers and compare their offerings, including the cost of equipment and installation, maintenance and support, and any financing options.
ic_parkingPlan the location of your charging stations: Consider factors such as the availability of parking spaces, the proximity to building entrances, and the visibility of the charging stations.
ic_communityDevelop policies and procedures: Establish policies and procedures for using the charging stations, including who is responsible for paying for the electricity, how to reserve a charging station, and how to report any issues.
ic_our_serviceProvide training and education: Educate your employees about the proper use of the charging stations and the benefits of electric transportation.
ic_trophyImplement and monitor the charging plan: Follow your charging plan to install and maintain the charging infrastructure for your fleet. Regularly monitor the charging equipment to ensure that it is operating correctly and meeting the needs of your fleet.
ic_coinstack-2Use your infrastructure as an additional revenue stream: By connecting your fleet chargers to a larger e-mobility network, you can offer them to the public outside of your working hours. This way, you can contribute to EV charging accessibility in your local community while accelerating the ROI on sustainable investment. 
For those willing to succeed in electric transition in the long term, there is a lot to learn, a lot to monitor and plenty of questions to ask. Exceeding expectations of your clients and customers in 
today’s and tomorrow’s market boils down to educating - yourself, your employees and your customer community. 

Landis+Gyr’s local EV charging teams across Europe, in North America, and Australia are your first support in building or transitioning your business fleet to electric. They know all about the local EV landscape, regulations, and infrastructure to provide the best support and guidance for you to deliver a perfect EV charging user experience in harmony with the grid. 

Landis+Gyr’s portfolio of smart EV charging infrastructure covers diverse use cases with INCH interactive charging stations and OCEAN, a scalable charge point and energy management software.

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