Why does it seem many vehicle owners are reluctant to hang up their desk bound telephones, leave the office, and step into the future?
We can’t solve that puzzle but we do know talking about change is important, so in this, the first of three blogs relating to the transition to EV’s, we discuss how to prepare for the shift.
Electrify your journey
You’re switching to EVs! Now that’s exciting!
Having made that decision, it might mean you are ready for change, but it seems plenty of people are still tentative when it comes to moving to electric vehicles. This is understandable, drivers are moving away from ‘the norm’ to something different – at least we’re not making the leap from a horse and cart to an internal combustion engine!
There are also some perceived obstacles with the change to EV’s that should be considered and addressed, don’t dismiss all of them - range anxiety is a real thing! Luckily, with some forward planning any organisation will be able to mitigate these challenges, keep staff happy and safe, and create a better driving environment.
Major change takes time, but a good strategy makes the transition far less intimidating. When it comes to moving to an electric vehicle fleet some things to consider include:
· Purchasing the right equipment
· Having the space to install chargers
· Providing smart and flexible charging
· The vehicles you have will meet current route requirements
To expand on those considerations, we’ve created this easy to implement five-step guide to electrifying your journey!
1. Assess vehicles and charging options that fit your business operations. Determine driving patterns, distances, and usage of current fleet routes.
2. Develop an energy management strategy. Plan your EV charging both on site (what will work for your organisation) and off (where will your drivers be going). Understand how the battery monitoring, analytics, and recycling work for the systems you choose.
3. Determine site feasibility. Configure your charging stations to optimise current and future operations. Maximise equipment, lifecycles, and control costs.
4. Determine available funding and incentives. Are there any incentives from government or utility services to cover vehicle cost and/or charging infrastructure.
5. Knowledge is power. Ask, test, and try any equipment available to you (especially the vehicles themselves).
Whether the choice for change was made inside your organisation or from outside pressure, it WILL happen. Take the time to consider the options early, embrace the future, and have some fun along the way.
As for me, see you later landline – my mobile and I are off on a battery electric vehicle adventure!