If you’re about to embark on your fleet electric vehicle pilot, it’s better to be prepared for the challenges of connected car data before you start.  -  Photo: Getty Images / greenbutterfly

If you’re about to embark on your fleet electric vehicle pilot, it’s better to be prepared for the challenges of connected car data before you start.

Photo: Getty Images / greenbutterfly

Evs are more than just an internal combustion engine (ICE) swapped for a battery. They’re computers on wheels — and they bring new and heightened requirements around connectivity, software management, and data mining along with them.

Here’s how their operation adds to fleet managers’ (and drivers’) roles, particularly as it relates to data, though this isn’t a complete picture. It starts with managed EV charging and extends to managing data from both the vehicles and drivers:

  1. Monitoring EV charging
  2. Understanding battery state-of-charge
  3. Managing electricity rate fluctuation
  4. Accessing public EV charging
  5. Reimbursing for home EV charging
  6. Managing electric vehicle supply equipment
  7. Managing vehicle, driver data

How do you minimize the number of applications to manage, making sure those applications connect and deliver the right data reliably? That depends on the functionality offered by your providers and your fleet situation.

Learn more about connected electric fleets in Automotive Fleet

A complete version of this article appeared in the 2022 Connected Fleet Guide, which offers resources to turn connected car data into actionable insights to foster safer and more efficient fleets. Download the guide to read all articles now!

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