1 Oct 20

Connectivity makes for a smooth EV journey

Connectivity and electric vehicles go together like Tarzan and Jane. You can drive an electric car without any connectivity, but you probably don’t want to. Here’s why you should get connectivity services with your EV.

To the casual observer, driving an EV may not look too different from driving a petrol or diesel vehicle. Of course the EV doesn’t have a clutch or a gear lever. Its acceleration is faster and it may let you drive with only one pedal. But it’s still a car beyond that.

Still, operating an electric fleet and even driving an electric vehicle day-to-day does require everyone involved to think differently. Figuring these things out by yourself can be a struggle but there are connectivity solutions to make it a breeze. Geotab is just one of many telematics service providers (TSP) with specialised tools for EV fleets but it was the first telematics service provider to offer a consistent and complete EV solution. It is also the telematics company with the biggest EV dataset.

EVs in your policy

“Geotab provides a comprehensive suite of EV performance monitoring tools and EV adoption tools,” said Edward Kulperger, SVP Europe, Geotab. “Geotab is committed to providing its customers and partners with innovative solutions to help not only with the transition to electric but to better support EV and mixed fleet management with data-driven insights surrounding safety, productivity and efficiency.”

Going for EVs starts with profiling. TSPs can perform an analysis of each vehicle to assess whether it can be replaced by an EV and what EV would work best. This kind of analysis goes beyond traditional fleet strategies, when the same vehicle would be ordered for everyone with the same position or grade within a company, regardless of its real-life usage.

EVs on the road

Once you have figured out who should get the keys of an EV and which one that should be, connectivity solutions can make life on the road easier.

Telematics can tell you when you should charge your car, where you can do it, and they can advise you on your driving style to ensure you get there.

There’s also something in it for the fleet manager, who gets insights into key metrics like the fleet’s fuel usage, driver behaviour and the environmental footprint of the fleet.

For LCVs in particular, such systems can also monitor idling time and other green initiatives.

EVs in the shop

Based on vehicle and telematics metrics, vehicles can tell their drivers when they are due for service or maintenance, allowing for more precision than simply following standard OEM intervals.

At the start of the EV revolution, there was much uncertainty about battery longevity. Geotab’s EV Battery Degradation Tool helps customers make a more informed decision when adopting an electric fleet, based on data from 64 EV makes, models and years.

“It’s also about ensuring a proper usage of the battery,” said Nicola De Mattia, CEO, Targa Telematics. “Batteries are expensive, so you have to manage them properly to reduce the maintenance cost and to preserve the vehicle’s residual value for a longer term.”

The time may be right to electrify your fleet but that should also mean to connect it.

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Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck