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Are you interested in transitioning your fleet to EVs? EVs are an excellent solution for fleets as they are capable of meeting various daily driving requirements. They provide numerous advantages and are suitable for light-duty, medium/heavy-duty (MD/HD), and off-road applications.

The fleet setting introduces additional considerations that go beyond what individual consumers need to contemplate when transitioning to electric vehicles. Fleet managers, for instance, must comprehend the effects of charging multiple vehicles while ensuring uninterrupted fleet operations. Moreover, larger MD/HD vehicles bring additional factors that require careful evaluation.

Benefits of Transitioning Your Fleet to EVs

Cost Savings

EVs offer the advantage of lower costs, supported by various federal, state, or local incentives that can reduce their purchase price. They provide excellent fuel economy, resulting in reduced operating expenses. The average Operation and Maintenance (O&M) cost for light-duty all-electric vehicles is approximately 3 cents per mile, according to the U.S. General Services Administration. EVs excel in fuel efficiency, particularly in stop-and-go driving conditions common in many fleet applications. Moreover, electricity prices are more stable compared to gasoline or diesel, enabling easier prediction of fuel expenses over time. Additionally, charging during off-peak hours may avail lower electric rates, further minimizing fuel costs for EVs.

Performance Advantages

EVs can equal or surpass the performance of conventional vehicles while operating much quieter. They deliver maximum torque and smooth acceleration from a standstill, proving particularly beneficial when hauling heavy loads. Some EV models can even serve as an energy source for external equipment, such as power tools or lights, generating several kilowatts of electricity through multiple electrical outlets.

Reduced Maintenance and Comparable Safety

Compared to conventional vehicles, EVs typically require less maintenance. They meet federal safety standards and undergo the same rigorous safety testing as conventional vehicles sold in the United States. To learn more about EV maintenance and safety, refer to additional resources.

Flexible Charging Options

EVs offer the flexibility to charge at fleet facilities or public stations. Charging at fleet facilities allows for overnight and idle time charging. Public direct-current fast-charging (DCFC) stations are increasingly available along major transportation routes, extending the range of EVs for longer trips. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have the added advantage of being able to refuel with gasoline or diesel at traditional fueling stations when necessary, providing further charging flexibility.

Meeting Fleet Objectives and Requirements

Due to their high efficiency and low-emission benefits, EVs assist organizations in achieving environmental objectives, demonstrating community leadership, enhancing public image, and setting themselves apart from competitors. Visible fleets like transit/school buses, police vehicles, and taxis can project a positive image by utilizing EVs. Furthermore, EVs aid public fleets in meeting the requirements of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) and complying with state or local alternative transportation policies.

To learn more about transitioning your fleet including selecting fleet EVs and installing charger infrastructure check out the Alternative Fuel Data Center's Electric Vehicles for Fleets webpage. 

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