Why professional fleet managers upgrade to electric vehicles?

March 16, 2020 10:20 am Published by

The electric vehicle (EV) offers a high-performance, economical and low maintenance alternative to internal-combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. The environmental benefits of electric vehicles are widely known. However, the use of electric vehicles by individual or business owners is still low, but usage is growing every year.

Companies that need vehicles for logistics, transport of goods or business travel stand to benefit the most from the adoption of electric vehicles. Now with a wider range of vehicle types available and lower maintenance costs, electric vehicles represent an ideal choice for professional fleets. In addition, electric vehicles can be used to optimize energy supply and consumption through the use of vehicle-to-grid technology.

There are several factors that are convincing managers of professional fleets to convert to electric vehicles. Comfort, safety and efficiency are all important factors to consider when choosing new fleet vehicles or upgrading existing fleets.

When you try driving an electric car or electric utility vehicles for the first time, you can feel the immediate acceleration and the smoothness of driving compared to traditional gasoline-fuelled ICE fleet vehicles.

The 3 main benefits of choosing electric vehicles for professional fleets, besides the environmental benefits are:

Acceleration:
A special feature of the electric motor is the ability to produce a significant torque at low speed. This not only improves safety due to the ability to respond quickly to unforeseen events or obstacles. But the smoothness of the acceleration provides a brilliant driving experience.

Flexibility:
The magnetic braking in electric vehicles results in an absence of vibrations so braking feels smoother. Also, magnetic brakes are more adaptable to changing weather conditions compared to traditional brakes that rely on friction. Therefore, driving can be a much more relaxing and fluid experience.

Comfort:
The first time you drive an electric vehicle, perhaps the most noticeable thing is the lack of noise; you can ride in almost silence, except for the rustle of the wind and gentle hum of the tires on the road.

For any professionals who use vehicles daily for business, safety and comfort are a necessity.

Electric vehicles generate real savings especially when used for a large commercial fleet compared to gasoline-fuelled ICE vehicles. There are three main sources of savings that come from converting to electric vehicles

The cost of fuel:
Electric vehicles have 8 times lower fuel costs, which represents a substantial long-term cost saving for professional fleets. For example, the average energy cost for a company electric vehicle is around 1.3 € / 100km. Compared to the average cost of a gasoline-fuelled ICE vehicle, which is around 10.5 € / 100km travelled.

The cost of insurance:
Due to the improved safety of electric vehicles, the main insurance companies offer prices on average 30% cheaper for professional fleets of electric vehicles compared to gasoline-fuelled ICE fleets.

The maintenance cost:
The costs of maintenance of electric vehicle fleets are 4 times lower compared to gasoline-fuelled ICE vehicle fleets on average. Gasoline-fuelled ICE vehicles contain many more moving parts that can fail and require replacement. For more information click the following link (in French). https://rossinienergy.com/fr/simulateur-rentabilite-rossini-energy/

There are additional logistics benefits to managing a professional electric vehicle fleet.

Electric vehicles are always ready
Thanks to the ubiquity of the electrical network, each parking space has the potential to become a miniature fuel pump and so guarantee fully recharged batteries. No longer will a supply of gasoline be required on-site or journeys delayed for refueling. EV charge points are becoming more and more widespread, with public points now appearing at supermarkets, hospitals, government buildings and hotels.

However, you may be hesitating to upgrade to electric vehicles because of fear about how and where to recharge it. In fact, you can install your own electric vehicle charging station and it is often simpler than you think. You can choose where to install charge points. You can install multiple charge-points where the vehicle is parked frequently, for example at home, the office, a warehouse or distribution centre. This is a major advantage for professional fleets managers too, as journeys are often predictable, so EV charge-points can be installed at designated places where they are most convenient. Recharging time is often viewed as a potential hindrance. However, often fleet vehicles are parked overnight. The ability to recharge on-site will mean vehicles are 100% fully charged every morning, so time is not wasted going to a fuel pump.

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