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5 Steps to Fleet Electrification


 


Step 1: Define Existing Fleet Size & Drive Cycles

This data aids in determining the TOC and converting route data into cost reductions. Fleet managers will determine how many vehicles will be electrified, as well as when and where they will be charged. This data also aids a technology integrator in developing an infrastructure strategy to fulfil the fleet's present and future capacity requirements.



Step 2: Examine and Select Technology Options

Types of buses, charging connectors, charging speeds, and networking capabilities will all be factors to consider for fleet and sustainability management. These choices aid managers in designing the best system and determining total deployment costs. Fleet managers will benefit from insight from the local charging companies as technology continues to progress at a rapid pace.



Step 3: Understanding Charging Systems and Power Delivery

It is essential to determine daily power requirements of charging. Fleet managers will benefit from insight from local utilities & charging companies to better understand the different charging system options available to them .



Step 4: Site Planning & Utility Coordination

Fleet managers will most likely retrofit charging stations at their current premises; careful consideration of physical space and power supply is essential. Utility participation should begin as early as feasible in the design process for fleet and sustainability management. During this phase, fleet managers and their technology integrators will collaborate with host utilities to establish power delivery roadmaps that take advantage of utility programs and charging rates. The planning procedure will include calculated savings based on projected charging demands.

It's worth noting that when power levels rise, the land use, right-of-way, and permission requirements get more complicated. Many states and utilities have checklists and guidance to assist fleet managers in submitting accurate and full compliance documents, as well as expedited permits to speed up the permit, installation, and inspection process. The bottom line: Start early to finish on time.


Step 5: Training and Grants & Funding Application

The importance of this final phase cannot be overstated. Training is crucial to a successful fleet electrification. Micro Bird created the 360° Electric Bus Certification Program, which covers sales, operation, and maintenance training, to ensure that dealers and clients have all the tools they need to run electric fleets efficiently. Fleet managers should also apply for grants and funding at this time, with the support of their local dealer. It is also at this step that telematics integration should be considered, and the energy management should start.



Sources:Black & Veatch, 8 Steps to Fleet Electrification, https://www.bv.com/perspectives/8-steps-fleet-electrification, Stephen Koskoletos, Landmark Presentation, Ronnie Wendt, Fleet Electrification:4 Steps to Get Started, https://www.automotive-fleet.com/10150967/5-steps-to-get-started-with-ev-adoption

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