Software solutions for an EV future
By Beverley Wise, Webfleet Regional Director for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions
With an end to the UK sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans now just seven years away, it’s a matter of when, not if, fleets need to make the electric transition.
Despite high energy costs, inflationary pressures and charging infrastructure limitations, the impact of this ‘ticking clock’ is clear. Latest figures reveal that electric vehicles (EVs) now have a 15% market share and account for more than one in three registrations.
Fleets also recognise that with careful planning and management insights, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of electric vehicles can be lower than for their fossil-fuelled equivalents.
The road to success
Smart decision-making is paramount.
An effective strategy for vehicle charging and workflow management is imperative – and this is best supported by EV software solutions. Webfleet, for example, enables the optimal routes for electric vehicles to be calculated, taking account of battery levels, capacity, energy consumption and charge point locations.
In the driving seat
Drivers also need to be upskilled to ensure they can drive their vehicles safely and efficiently.
Telematics insights can act as the catalyst, allowing miles per kWh to be optimised through reduced incidents of speeding, harsh acceleration and braking. What’s more, drivers’ energy performance can be analysed, alongside the kinetic energy recovered through regenerative braking, signposting where training is most needed.
Engagement is key
Webfleet research has revealed that more than three quarters (76%) of fleet operators believe work pressures facing drivers are intensifying in the wake of the ‘cost of business’ crisis. A similar number (75%) also believe the cost-of-living crisis is negatively impacting their mental health.
Against this backdrop, the importance of a supportive working environment to maximise engagement with EV operations and performance improvement initiatives hones into sharp focus.
Encouraging, almost three-quarters (74%) of fleets admit they need to review their current systems and processes to alleviate workforce stress – an important eco-driving influencer.
“Webfleet research has revealed that more than three quarters (76%) of fleet operators believe work pressures facing drivers are intensifying in the wake of the ‘cost of business’ crisis”
Fleet management solutions once again have a crucial role to play. Managers can keep closer tabs on driver hours and rest break protocols to prevent fatigue, while burdensome admin can be alleviated by digitising everything from maintenance scheduling to mileage capture, claims processes and vehicle safety checks.
Jobs can be dynamically assigned or reallocated according to capacity, with schedules optimised to ensure sensible workloads and realistic deadlines. All the while, intelligent routing can reduce time spent behind the wheel, alleviating driver frustrations and the pressures of leaving customers waiting..
Webfleet Regional Director for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions