For the transition to EV to be seamless, businesses should look to start the EV infrastructure conversation first. This ensures your entire EV programme is built around your business operation, rather than as a reactive measure. To start the process quickly, many businesses make the mistake of investing in electric vehicles before considering their overarching roadmap to EV. This often leads to an ineffective strategy that doesn’t support the needs of the business or fleet drivers.
A good place to start is by mapping out your business and operational needs, where your fleet vehicles are returned to once they’ve been on the road. For example:
1) If your drivers return vehicles to a depot overnight, installing on-site charging is likely to be most suitable.
2) However, if they return to base throughout the day and require a fast charge before their next route, then rapid charging should be taken into consideration.
3) If your drivers take vehicles home at the end of the day, domestic charging may be considered. Or, you may find that a combination of the three works best to keep you fleet on the move in an optimal way.
Taking all the operational factors of your business into consideration can be complex and many businesses are unsure where to start, which means they often don’t. This is where involving a charge point delivery partner in the early stages can prove beneficial. Your partner will support you to map out the needs of your fleet and business, including uptime, range, and routes, as well as your power availability and required capacity. Ensuring you get this right at the start will make your transition smoother and reduce costs in the long run.