• John Lerke

Making the move to an Electric Commercial Fleet

If you haven’t made the move to electrifying your fleet yet, it’s time to consider moving in this direction. Electric vehicles are the future. Tesla is changing the way people think about electric cars and has led the way. Every manufacturer either has an electric car now or is working on one. Volkswagen has already announced that their last internal combustion engine would start production in 2026. Volvo is also claiming that every car from 2019 on will at least be part-electric. Starting just six years from now, countries like Norway, France, and the UK will begin banning new production of internal combustion engines. While the first electric vehicles only had a range of 60-90 miles, now you can get as much as a 400-mile range and get a 15-minute quick charge to bring the battery to 80%. As batteries get better and cheaper to produce, that range will grow even more and charge even faster. Already, charging stations can be found in every major city making is easy to drive cross-country on an electric car.

As you consider updating your fleet by acquiring electric vehicles, here are a few things to consider.

Maintenance: no engine = no oil changes. There are also no spark plugs, no filters, really not much to maintain at all. Brakes on electric cars should last at least 100K miles as these vehicles use brake regenerative systems that use braking to charge the batteries. Tires need to be replaced as they wear just like any regular car. Other then that nothing else really needs to be done unless something brakes.

Range: You need to figure out how much driving this vehicle will be doing and where you can charge, as needed. Most of the electric cars out there should have enough range for your daily needs, so this should be the only additional planning you need.

Rebates: You can save a good amount of money by getting a government rebate just for buying a new electric car.

Carpool Lanes: If you have an employee who drives by themselves and sits in traffic most of the day, an electric car will help. All electric vehicles are eligible for carpool, just complete the application, and it’s smooth sailing.

Gas: It’s electric!

In the long run, electric cars will save money, as maintenance bills will shrink and gas bills will disappear. As almost every manufacturer is now producing electric cars, there are many choices. You should be able to find an electric vehicle to meet most of your needs. The only current need in the market of electric vehicles are mid and heavy duty trucks. While there is nothing in production right now, there will be a few choices in the next few years as multiple manufacturers are currently working on them.

There are many more advantages to electrifying your fleet, and few reasons for dragging your feet on this decision.

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