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10 Essential Considerations When Transitioning Fleet to Electric

by IMG Research Team on April 28, 2023
10 Essential Tips When Transitioning to Electric

With mature cargo EVs entering the market with proven TCO and more stable performance, companies beyond e-commerce are beginning to explore electric vehicles for their last and first mile delivery requirements. However, we always encourage our prospective clients to clearly articulate what benefits are they seeking when planning to shift to electric. Understanding what, how and when those benefits will be realized ensures that all stakeholders remain committed on a longer horizon.

Listed below are key considerations which every client must assess before proceeding with the transition

1. Fleet Analysis : Assess your existing fleet operations, vehicle usage patterns, and specific delivery requirements to determine the feasibility and suitability of electric vehicles

2. Infrastructure Readiness: Evaluate your charging infrastructure needs, including the installation of charging stations, grid capacity, and access to charging networks.

3. Vehicle Selection: Consider factors such as vehicle range, payload capacity, charging speed, and maintenance requirements when choosing the right electric vehicles for your delivery fleet.

4. Total Cost of Ownership: Analyze the total cost of ownership for electric vehicles, considering upfront costs, operational expenses, and potential incentives or grants.

5. Charging Solutions: Explore different charging options, including overnight charging, fast-charging stations, and smart charging solutions to optimize fleet uptime and minimize charging-related challenges.

6. Range Anxiety Management: Implement strategies to address range anxiety concerns, such as route planning, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and access to charging infrastructure along delivery routes.

7. Driver Training and Engagement: Educate and train your drivers on the features, benefits, and proper handling of electric vehicles, promoting their active involvement in the transition process.

8. Maintenance and Support: Understand the unique maintenance requirements of electric vehicles and ensure access to reliable service providers, spare parts, and warranty coverage.

9. Monitoring and Optimization: Leverage telematics and fleet management solutions to monitor vehicle performance, charging patterns, and driver behavior, allowing for continuous optimization and improvement.

By addressing ten essential considerations listed above, companies will gain valuable insights into the various aspects of electrification, enabling them to successfully leverage the benefits to transitioning last mile to electric.

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