Electric vehicles, or EVs, are the future of transportation. Automakers, such as General Motors, and state governments, such as California, have already committed to phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle sales. Electric cars are taking off and will replace ICE vehicles. However, while EVs no longer need to visit the gas station, they still need a place to charge. With public charging options still less common than gas stations, it’s important to plan your fleet’s charging. Here are the two types of charging to keep in mind for your EV fleet.
EV Charging at Your Fleet Depot
The first step when transitioning your EV fleet is to buy charging stations for your fleet depot. Installing electric vehicle charging for your fleet helps you increase efficiency while minimizing your fleet operation costs. This will allow your vehicles to charge overnight while they are parked at your facility. All your drivers have to do is plug in the vehicle and initiate the charging session when the route is complete. With SemaConnect, you can even program your stations to start and stop charging during off-peak or partial peak electricity rates! You will receive notifications if a driver is early or late plugging in, plugging out, or if they unplug before the battery is fully charged. With an EV fleet depot, you can start every day fully charged in mind, body, and vehicle.
Public Charging with EV Charging Companies
While electric fleet vehicle charging stations are essential at your headquarters, there are still going to be times when various vehicles in your fleet will need public stations. The good news is that your drivers have options. Commercial charging stations are being installed at all kinds of properties including workplaces, offices, apartments, hotels, retailers, and public parking. And while some of those locations may restrict access to their own employees or guests, there are many places to charge publicly.
Depending on your type of fleet vehicle and organization, you may have different needs. Some employees may need to charge overnight at a hotel while traveling for business. They can use a public Level 2 charging station to “fuel up” before another day of driving. Some drivers may be traveling a longer distance and need a quick midday stop at a fast charging station. Mobile apps such as Google Maps or PlugShare can help EV drivers find stations from multiple EV charging companies along a route. And because SemaConnect offers both public/shared and fleet charging stations, you get a seamless charging experience in both situations.
According to Gas Buddy, drivers in some states paid more than $4 per gallon today in gasoline thanks to current supply issues! On a normal day, the US Department of Energy calculates the average national gas price as $2.85 per gallon. And electric cars? Just $1.16 per eGallon, which is the cost of electricity multiplied by the electricity required to travel the same distance as a gas car. Electric vehicles are not just an environmental choice, but an economical one as well for commercial fleets. That’s why forward-thinking fleet operators should plan ahead for electric fleets and research the top EV charging company that will keep you charged up. Ready to get started? Click here to request your quote for smart EV charging stations for your fleet.