A new service from Reflex Vehicle Hire provides fleets with essential insights on the most suitable electric vehicles to replace their current diesel and petrol cars and vans. EV:IE (Electric Vehicle Information Exchange) is part of a suite of services that supports fleets as they transition from internal combustion engined (ICE) vehicles in response to the government’s plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans, starting in 2030.
The service uses data about a company’s fleet and journey patterns (including information collected through telematics) to identify cars and vans that could transition to plug-in technology immediately and also helps to create a longer-term transition plan.
EV:IE gives simple, actionable insights derived from a wealth of complex data that it can analyse. The unique vehicle evaluation tool provides a solid platform on which fleet managers can build their EV strategy, particularly those in SMEs where it can be a struggle to find the time and resource to plan for the transition to plug-in vehicles.
Analysis using EV:IE focuses on three areas:
EV Range – EV:IE uses daily driving patterns to cross check against currently available plug-in cars and vans that deliver the required range, even considering the impact of payload and equipment.
Recharging – EV:IE identifies daily charging requirements, where they occur, and provides valuable insights on optimum recharging time for managers, such as a quick 10-minute stop at a public charger to add the range needed for the day’s tasks.
Cost – EV:IE avoids ‘greenflation’ through a detailed cost comparison between ICE and EV, including everything from funding to SMR. A highly detailed analysis includes variables such as the proportion of public/private charging, speed of the charging service and tariff being used. EV:IE establishes a clear TCO comparison between current models and potential replacements.
A final vital element of the service is an environmental impact summary, with a full calculation of potential CO2 savings from making the switch.
Insurers and brokers can also work closely with fleet customers to encourage take up of services like this, so that risk is managed as drivers get used to new vehicles, ADAS features and vehicle security during on-street or public charging points, where a vehicle might be unattended for up to 3 hours.
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