Electric vehicles may still be treated like market newcomers, but the track record so far shows they have proven their worth. For commercial and delivery fleets in particular, the advantages of EVs redound even more quickly than for individual driving consumers.
Here’s a quick checklist to review to boost confidence in acquiring electric vehicles or adding more to your fleet:
NO. 1: EVs Are Quiet Performers
When providing a valuable service, you want to make it look smooth and easy. EVs can do that. You don’t have all the noises, roars, and rattles that come from countless moving mechanical parts. Drivers can more clearly hear surrounding traffic as well as any onboard communications and audio. Residents in neighborhoods especially appreciate regular service and delivery vehicles that roll in and out without causing noisy distractions. That’s good for business image. EVs also perform with more torque and faster acceleration compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.
NO. 2: EVs Are Strong, Silent Types
Their quiet performance complements a design structure that accommodates batteries instead of big engines. The added space enables manufacturers to build vehicles with lower center of gravities and more rigid frames. As a result, EVs overall so far have scored well in crash and safety tests. EVs also come with separate federal mandated warranties for battery packs that are based on higher mileage limits. Think of the lower risks, liability, and potential insurance rates for your fleet operation.
NO. 3: EVs Run on Cheaper Energy
This is an obvious advantage: Electricity — whether provided by a utility, renewable micro-grid, or solar panels — costs less than gallons and gallons of gasoline tied to volatile global oil markets. Fleet managers can enjoy the savings, budget stability, and peace of mind that comes from a reliable, more affordable energy source. For example, motorists who commute with EVs can save about $4,000 to $5,000 in fuel costs per vehicle over five years, according to https://www.myev.com/why-electric.
NO. 4: EVs Cost Less To Maintain and Move with Fewer Parts
EVs operate on minimal moving parts, which means fewer breakdowns and repairs than their traditional counterparts. More than two-dozen components in ICE vehicles that require routine service can be eliminated. Forget about oil changes. Brakes, tires and batteries are the primary parts to maintain, although most batteries typically come with 8-year/100,000-mile warranties and can last up to 15 years if treated favorably in mild climates. Regenerative braking in EVs go easier on the brake pads, too. Think of the massive savings in parts and labor.
NO. 5: EV Safety Sets the Standard
EVs not only must comply with the same safety tests and standards as ICE vehicles, but they tend to score higher on crash tests. They are also less likely to catch fire than gasoline vehicles. On average, gas cars will catch fire at about one every 20 million miles driven, compared to EVs with one fire in 120 million miles driven, according to https://www.fleetcarma.com/why-electric-cars-are-better-than-gas-top/.
NO. 6: EVs Reap Government and Utility Perks
While state policies vary, EVs overall benefit from rebates, tax breaks, and seller incentives. There are also federal credits and incentives. Individual utilities may provide financial support and incentives on charging station installations and/or infrastructure work. They also levy lower rates for off peak charging routines. As governments lead the way in electrification, look for a continuously evolving menu of financial carrots an EV fleet will qualify you for.
NO. 7: EVs Get Special Privileges
For fleets in urban areas, access to carpool and/or HOV lanes as well as preferred parking spaces are critical to running efficient operations. EVs open the door to these advantages that can save time and money daily by enhancing the ability to meet schedules and deadlines.
NO. 8: EVs Tell Everyone You are Clearing the Air
While EVs are good for the P&L sheet, they also vastly reduce pollution and harmful emissions, compared to the exhausts of ICE vehicles. Your fleet-based business can plant its flag as a responsible steward of the environment, knowing that cleaner air leads to healthier communities and lifestyles. That’s also an automatic marketing strategy that draws potential clients to your brand. https://www.energy.gov/eere/electricvehicles/electric-vehicle-benefits
NO. 9: EVs Offer the Convenience of Electric Charging
Charging an EV is about as easy as charging a smartphone. No dirty pumps, fumes, or gas lines. There are now more than 30,000 charging stations in the U.S. and growing. Because EVs and charging offer more digital connections, fleet operators get more information at their disposal about energy usage, charging times, range calculations, and access networks. You can charge EVs at the fleet depot or workplace, at home, or on the road. EV manufacturers are also complementing public access charging with their own user/customer charging networks.
NO. 10: EVs Generate Hope and Good Will
EVs will define, steer, and transform ground transportation. Driving an EV communicates to colleagues and clients that your business is banking on a bright future. EVs can help improve life in numerous ways, creating wealth, cleaning the air, and adding convenience. And fleets are leading the way.
ABOUT ELMS Urban Delivery Van
One class-leading electric vehicle that embodies all these advantages is the Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) Class 1 Urban Delivery commercial van. It is the first electric van in its category to enter the U.S. market in 2021. The ELMS van is projected to deliver 35% in TCO savings, 60% in maintenance cost reduction, and 35% more cargo space than the Class 1 leader.
Such advantages are made possible by a van with a curb weight of 3,329 pounds, a maximum payload capacity of 2,403 pounds, 170 cubic feet of cargo space, and a range of 150 miles on one full charge. Advanced onboard and over-the-air data and telematics allow fleet managers to engage business planning and fleet tracking for optimal efficiency.