The benefits for electric vehicles (EVs) continue to evolve as battery powered vehicles get stronger and more affordable. That affordability translates to several elements of your fleet budget, including severely reduced fuel costs and maintenance needs.
A recent study showed that only 54 percent of EV drivers required service in the last year. While there has been an overall reduction in driving due to COVID-19, those stats are still a trend to watch for EVs, as a lack of oil and fossil fuels help improve EV health overall.
A reduction in fleet maintenance or regular service visits is important to consider when budgeting for an initial fleet purchase. After all, that reduced downtime and reduction in maintenance hours and materials go a long way in balancing your budget, and can help be a determining factor in the initial “Buy” phase of your fleet strategy. Learning about efficiencies in your fleet can lead to long-term revenue.
While you may not need fleet oil changes every 3,000 miles, there are still pieces of your maintenance schedule that require replacing, including:
- Brake discs, pads and fluids
- Tires (replace and rotate)
- Air filters
- Windshield wiper blades
Staying proactive in planning a preventative maintenance (PM) schedule for your EV fleet can make a massive difference in maintenance costs for your business.
You can build a more productive PM timeline that can keep your vehicles healthy, reduce vehicle downtime, and positively impact budgeting for tomorrow. The key is to customize your schedule to fit your fleet, using your existing data to understand:
- How your current fleet operates.
- What you’ll need your EV fleet to do.
- The needs of your industry and business.
A customized EV fleet is within reach. Utilizing your telematics tools and data is the first step. Click here to learn more about telematics and EV fleets, and subscribe to The Morning Brake for regular updates on the evolving industry we operate in.