Driven Fleet Concepts takes an independent review of your sustainability goals. We will give you the roadmap to achieving success with EV’s in your fleet.
There is much debate about when electric vehicles can surpass gasoline vehicles as the most viable vehicle choice.
While every fleet is different, there is no denying we are closer to “Fill it up Regular” being a thing of the past.
If you or your organization is committed to sustainability or a green image, you could introduce Electric Vehicles to your fleet with little operational impact. There is both Stakeholder & Consumer pressure to “Go Green” and we will show you how to get there and what economic impact to expect.
Total Cost of Ownership
It is correct that EV’s present a savings in operating costs. The challenge in making a business case for EV’s 100% of the time is the higher purchase price compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.
So why EV’s?
Whether diving in headfirst to EV’s or just wanting to dip your toe in the water, the arguments for EV’s typically include the below benefits provided by the US Department of Energy:
- Energy Security
- According to the Department of Energy, the US United States imported about 11% of the petroleum it consumed. Because transportation accounts for nearly three-fourths of total U.S. petroleum consumption, using more energy efficient vehicles like hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can have a direct impact on the countries reliance of foreign oil. This supports the U.S. economy and helps diversify the U.S. transportation fleet, as well as reduce the impact of international supply disruptions. All of this adds to our nation’s energy security. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and all-electric vehicles (EVs) are both capable of being powered solely by electricity, which is produced in the U.S. from natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, and renewable resources.
- Hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles can have significant emissions benefits over conventional vehicles. HEV emissions benefits vary by vehicle model and type of hybrid power system. EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, and PHEVs produce no tailpipe emissions when in all-electric mode. The lifecycle emissions of an EV or PHEV depend on the sources of electricity used to charge it, which vary by region.
- Fuel Costs
- HEVs achieve better fuel economy and have lower fuel costs than similar conventional vehicles. PHEVs and EVs can reduce fuel costs dramatically because of the high efficiency of electric-drive components. Because PHEVs and EVs rely in whole or part on electric power, their fuel economy is measured differently than that of conventional vehicles. Miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (mpge) and kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles are common metrics. So keep an eye out for those metrics.
Why not EV’s..?
- Infrastructure Availability
- Public charging stations are not as ubiquitous as gas stations. While charging can occur overnight at a residence, fleet facility, workplace, or public charging station, the charging options can be a challenge depending on the area. Search for electric charging stations near you.
- The advanced batteries in plug-in & electric vehicles are designed for extended life but will wear out eventually. Several manufacturers of plug-in vehicles are offering 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranties. Predictive modeling by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory indicates that today’s batteries may last 12 to 15 years in moderate climates (8 to 12 years in extreme climates).
- Purchase prices can be significantly higher. Prices are likely to decrease as production volumes increase and battery technologies continue to mature, but until then, the carrying costs are higher. Federal Tax Credits are State Incentives are available but begin to be phased out once manufacturers meet certain thresholds of vehicle sales.