Fleet electrification is gaining momentum with the growing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs). In this blog post, we will look at the essential steps for converting fleets to electrical power for manufacturers in order to promote a more efficient and sustainable operation. 

Having electric fleets be the standard will both improve public health and lower the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted, promoting important sustainability goals. Along with environmental benefits, fleet electrification leads to a more efficient and cost-effective use of technology compared to the traditional internal combustion engine (ICE).


What is fleet electrification?

Fleet electrification means changing a group of vehicles, like buses, delivery vans, or even rental car company vehicles from using traditional gasoline to using battery electric vehicles (BEV). It's a way to make transportation cleaner and more sustainable. 

The shift to electric fleets is driven by the growing availability and improvements in electric vehicle technology, along with increasing awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of EVs. With the benefits of fleet electrification, charging will be easier than ever using SparkCharge's charging-as-a-service programs from any location, at any time instead of relying on stuck in the ground gas stations.


The 5 Essential Steps: 

Market Research 

By conducting thorough market research to find providers that can support EVs and the charging services that come with them, this will prepare all manufacturers to start their fleet electrification journey. At SparkCharge, we offer a variety of charging options that will make owning an electric fleet easier than ever. By using either our charging-as a-service (CaaS) or our mobile DC fast charging unit, Roadie Portable, EVs will be able to obtain charge at any time and anywhere. Being able to analyze competitor offerings will allow manufacturers to differentiate their EVs and highlight unique features that will be appealing to the fleet operators. By having a customer-centric approach to researching the needs of EV fleets, manufacturers can consider important factors like driving range and customization options for specific fleets. This market research will be able to provide manufacturers with the information needed to create a better and more efficient product by figuring out what fleets need for successful operation.


Assessing Cost

Looking at the difference in cost between an electric fleet and gas powered vehicles, there is an opportunity to save money by switching over to the EV standard. While EVs have a higher upfront purchase cost compared to traditional vehicles, their operation and maintenance offer significant financial benefits in the long term. There is a reduced cost as electricity is cheaper than gasoline. There is also a lower maintenance cost, as EVs have fewer moving parts that can cause issues in the future. 

The lower fuel and maintenance needs mean lower operating costs for the fleet. The total cost of ownership as a result will be less than that of a traditional vehicle. EV fleets are able to avoid any emissions fines or limits that may be in place, saving money and frustration for manufacturers and owners. EVs also tend to have a longer lifespan, providing cost savings from having to buy new vehicles frequently. There are many economic upsides of owning an EV fleet, including benefits like tax credits and avoided fees. The government supports the production and use of electric vehicles as it is pushing toward the future of fleet use.


Charging Infrastructure

Charging infrastructure is crucial for the successful adoption and operation of electric fleets. It plays a pivotal role in overcoming range anxiety for any EV owner. Although there are many in ground options for EVs, these heavy duty stations offer little flexibility and convenience. By using a portable charging solution like the Roadie Portable, it offers a simple solution to what seems like a major problem. During the manufacturing process, the Roadie can be used for battery testing and charging in order to create the most efficient EV possible. 


Having the ability to charge at any location provides peace of mind to fleet operators and a more efficient functioning fleet. It allows fleet managers to be confident that their drivers will be able to optimize their time during operation, avoiding any situation where EV charging is not available. Keeping charging structure in mind while manufacturing an EV is important to build for flexibility and efficiency, where the model can pair with multiple types of chargers. 


Educate Drivers

As fleet operators switch from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles, providing training and information to drivers is essential for a smooth and easy transition. Many drivers may be unfamiliar with the unique aspects of electric vehicle (EV) technology. They need to grasp how EVs function, including charging procedures and energy management. Proper education from manufacturers allows drivers to know how to operate EVs in a safe and efficient manner. 

Investing in thorough training programs, offering examples of case studies, and engaging drivers throughout the transition ensures a well functioning EV fleet. Investing in driver education demonstrates the manufacturer’s commitment to professional development and well-being. It fosters a supportive work environment and strengthens the organization's reputation as a manufacturer of choice. When manufacturers make EV education straightforward and easy, electric vehicle fleet operations become more efficient. 


Plan for Future Growth

With the new opportunities that will be offered to your EV fleet, manufacturers should make sure the vehicles are easily scalable and flexible for accommodating changes. EVs that are manufactured should be able to pair with a variety of charging levels, meaning that growth will be easy to achieve as a fleet expands over time. You also need to plan for the cost and budget, making sure you can afford to produce more electric vehicles in the future. Investing in proper battery technology is also important, as it will improve charging times and vehicle performance. Getting high quality batteries will allow EVs to last longer and make future growth easier, as there will be little need for battery replacement. 

By thinking ahead and being prepared, you can smoothly transition to a larger and more eco-friendly electric fleet for any business you are supplying by having the right materials and planning.