Electrification is one of the biggest shifts in global transportation that is bound to change the industry’s outlook. The global electric car market hit the 10 million units mark for the first time in 2020, and saw a 160% increase in EV sales in the first half of 2021 alone, suggesting clear acceptance of the technology in general, but no significant popularity specifically among fleets.
Studies predict 80% of commercial vehicles will be connected by 2030, contributing up to 28% to greenhouse gas emissions, a forecast that has made the nature call for US fleets to go electric.
Electrified fleets march towards a sustainable future while benefiting from:
- Reduced environmental pollution, thanks to zero tailpipe exhaust and lower GHG emissions.
- Cheap running cost, as compared to petrol- or diesel-powered vehicles of the same size.
- Low-cost registration, owing to several government-funded grants and tax exemptions.
- Improved driver health, with better air quality and reduced sound pollution.
- Net zero burden on nature, by utilizing renewable energy resources and green power.
While the positive influence holds true for passenger vehicles too, it is the combined impact that fleets bring with thousands of vehicles that leads to greener solutions. Connected vehicle data and real-time analytics hold the power to fast-pace this transition.
Connected Vehicle Data A Possible Solution to Overcome Barriers in Fleet Electrification
Fleet service providers can rely on mobility data and real-time insights to boost EV adoption across fleet customers. Here’s how data can drive electric fleets to success:
Setting Up Infrastructure
Data from connected electric fleets will be essential in planning and deploying of accurate electric vehicle infrastructure, based on charge demand, vehicle volume, size (light, medium or heavy), high density locations and more.
Finding Charging Stations
Real-time telematics data will help fleet managers direct fleets to nearest charging stations and enable effective route management without hassles, to save time, efforts and money.
Monitoring Charge Speed & Efficiency
Connected vehicle data can also power a range of solutions that improve customer experience and add convenience. To ease range anxiety, fleet service providers could avail managers with real-time distance-to-empty (DTE) information. Similarly, charging up and draining out speeds could be monitored to track battery health, as well as to measure achieved efficiency.
Reducing Unplanned Downtime
With telematics data from connected EVs, fleet service providers will be able to determine if a vehicle isn’t plugged in when it’s supposed to be, if the driver has missed a charge appointment, if the driving habits resulted in significant increase/decrease in remaining range and more such parameters with unparalleled ease.
Going Beyond Electrification
The shift to connected electric fleets no longer fuels just the environmental motivation for lower CO2 emissions and reduced renewable energy consumption. Instead, connected fleet data will lay the foundation for autonomous vehicles, shared mobility and other future-defining solutions.
Offering Value Added Services
Utilizing connected vehicle data for electric fleet transition also opens unrealized opportunities and makes way for new revenue streams. Be it remotely managing transactions for public charging, deploying electric fleets in low-noise communities or benefiting from resources saved through electrified fleets and channeling them to better use, electric fleets are the first step we can take as a community towards a greener, cleaner and sustainable future.
Reshape Fleet Customer Solutions with CerebrumX
All said and done, there are exciting greener times ahead with fleets in need of future-proof solutions. CerebrumX can assist you in electrifying your fleet customer operations using the power of connected vehicle data and AI-powered Augmented Deep Learning Platform (ADLP). With our robust data sets and rich insights, you’ll be able to assist fleets with all their electrification needs, and beyond, from a single point source and quick cloud integrations.
What’s more, our in-house consent management platform, CerebrumX Secure Consent, further simplifies your efforts to collect and manage driver consent with a white label app for complete transparency and data privacy. It’s GD PR and CC PA compliant, to purposefully support business innovation.