Did you know that the average light-duty vehicle in North America only travels around 43 miles per day?
Given the fluctuating cost of fuel and the improvements in battery technology, more and more fleet managers are considering the switch to all-electric fleets.
EV fleets have considerable cost-cutting benefits, but the number one reason fleet managers cite as keeping them from making the switch is EV range anxiety. Range anxiety is the idea, or fear, that a vehicle will completely drain its power source before completing its tasks or work day. No fleet manager wants to deal with a stranded vehicle, passengers, cargo or more.
These fears are not misplaced. Given that the original range of the first generation of electric vehicles was no more than 80 miles, the perception of EV’s as having minimal range still effects perceptions to this day.
The reality? Advances in battery technology along with proper driving techniques can alleviate almost any range anxiety fears.
The fact of the matter is that most electric vehicles today can go a minimum of 200 miles between charges (some can even go 300 miles). This is well over the average 43 miles per day mentioned above.
Secondly, proper driving techniques ensure efficient use of the battery to maximize the potential of each charge. For example:
- Safe driving techniques can extend range. Modest acceleration, maintaining speed limits, and smooth driving all have a positive impact.
- Utilize the right vehicle for the job. Not all vehicles are suited for the job, so making sure you have the right type of vehicle for the task is equally important.
- Vehicle maintenance extends range. With EV fleets, maintaining proper tire pressure goes a long way to maximizing range.
More and more fleets are finding that electric vehicles provide benefits to their business so it is important to know how you can implement and use them for yours. If you would like to learn more about how GPS to GO as an authorized Geotab reseller can help you best manage your EV fleet, click on this link to connect with our team.