Location Matters: Develop a Charging Strategy for Your Fleet’s Electric Vehicles

The time has come. Your organization is officially ready to put action behind the conversations surrounding electric vehicle (EV) integration. As your fleet begins mapping out a plan, you’re probably keeping a close eye on OEM new EV model announcements, their estimated ranges, carrying capacity, and configurations.

Before you place your first order, however, it’s essential to understand any potential challenges facing your charging infrastructure strategy which can include job demands and where your vehicles will recharge. Here are three discovery steps to help pre-qualify vehicles, drivers, and facilities for potential EV assignment and support.

 

  • Determine which drivers can accommodate at-home charging: Once you’ve identified which job roles are good fits for EVs based on miles driven and territory, survey those drivers to better understand their ability to install a Level 2 charger at their home or consistently access a charger in their residential community. As hardware and labor costs can range from $850 to over $8,500 based on the home, it’s important to determine approval thresholds for what your company is willing to invest and discuss the process with your preferred charger installer.
  • Understand what’s involved in depot-based charging: Do you lease your building and parking lot? Do vehicles drive two shifts each day? Do you anticipate more than a handful of EVs charging in the next couple of years? If you answered yes to any of these, building your charging solution may take some time. Start the conversation today with your property management team and other stakeholders that should be involved, such as Risk and Safety.
  • Map access to public chargers in driver territories : Public charging infrastructure continues to see more investment, but guaranteed availability still varies by region and coverage gaps still exist. Two-thirds of Holman fleet EVs in the U.S. are located in states with the greatest number of public chargers like California and New York. A successful EV strategy depends on consistent home and depot-based chargers, and access to public chargers that don’t force drivers to manage multiple charging network accounts and file for expense reimbursement.

 

There’s much to assess when determining the right fit for your organization. The good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us with your questions and concerns and we’ll gladly offer our help. Also, be sure to subscribe to our twice-weekly newsletter, The Morning Brake, and our monthly podcast, MOTIVE to keep up with the latest industry news.

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