Top Sustainability Questions Answered

The definition of fleet strategy is evolving.

There’s a growing focus on the environmental impacts of fleet vehicles in strategies such as the use of electric vehicles (EVs), renewable fuels, and the reduction of idling and carbon emissions. For fleets, big or small, there’s no direct roadmap to the ‘right’ way of tackling sustainability.

Are you puzzled about the best way to navigate, manage, and design new ‘greener’ infrastructures within your fleet?

After engaging in conversations with fleets just like yours on the topic, we’ve acquired the most popular questions pertaining to long-term sustainability, and answered them in order to help you get started on your sustainability journey:

How can I immediately reduce emissions?         

Bring newer, smaller, or lighter vehicles into the fleet and eliminate non-hybrid options where available. Propane and natural gas provide medium and heavy-duty CO2 emission reduction and total cost of ownership savings.

What should my emissions reduction targets be?              

Your organization’s gas and diesel emissions are driven by fuel economy, vehicle usage, and the size of the fleet. Hybrids provide >30% reduced emissions and EVs provide more, but using fewer vehicles or driving fewer miles can provide an opportunity to target more than 50% emissions reduction even with limited EV use.

How much does home charger installation cost?             

Hardware and labor costs vary but are typically between $1,500 and $2,500 per charger.

How long does an EV take to charge?    

Driving 15,000 miles per year may mean averaging 60 miles each workday. Doing so in an EV with a >200mi range won’t require charging every day, but with a level 2 charger, you can recharge for daily use in just 2 hours.

Should I place take-home EV orders prior to charging assessments?  

Even with extended order-to-delivery timeframes, only if you have a large pool of pre-qualified drivers. As charging can take 4 to 8+ weeks from assessment to installation, drivers won’t want their EV sitting for weeks on the curb.

Most importantly, make sure you’re keeping customers and stakeholders engaged along the way. Whether you get thoughts from drivers, operating divisions, your EHS team, or senior leaders, frame your recommendation to account for and align with the audience’s concerns or aspirations about EVs as well as other sustainable fuel options. Their input may not change your analysis, but it will reduce friction and encourage buy-in as your organization evolves through your sustainability transformation.

Want to learn more about integrating EVs into your fleet? Check out our blog on the topic here. If you’ve already committed to EVs, learn how to empower your existing fleet here. You can also watch a video on managing the urgency around fleet sustainability and sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter The Morning Brake to keep up to date with industry news.