How companies and municipalities contribute to the mobility revolution
Switching to electromobility makes a valuable contribution to environmental protection. Companies, municipal utilities or mobility service providers that operate a fleet of vehicles can also enhance their image. By saying yes to e-mobility, they are demonstrating that sustainability plays an important role in their values.
However, companies and municipalities that want to electrify their vehicle fleets face a number of challenges in doing so: For example, operating an e-fleet requires efficient fleet management. This is the only way to ensure that no vehicle runs out of power and that maintenance is carried out in a timely manner.
Typically, the following tasks fall under fleet management:
- Ensuring the safe, economical and smooth operation of the fleet
- Procurement, depreciation and maintenance of vehicles
- Monitoring of costs
- Control of driving licenses
- Management of leasing contracts
- Planning of routes and driver assignments
- Communication with technicians or insurance companies
- Monitoring drivers' rest periods in logistics operations
Employees who assume the role of vehicle manager in companies therefore need a comprehensive view of the condition and use of the vehicle fleet. They are also in close contact with drivers, insurance companies, technicians, car manufacturers and various departments in their company, such as accounting and management.
Their knowledge is indispensable for the electrification of the fleet. That's because the following considerations, among others, are relevant:
- How many vehicles are needed in principle?
- How have the vehicles been used so far - are long-distance journeys more common or do city trips predominate?
- What is the charging infrastructure like on typical routes?
- What charging solutions are needed on the company premises?
- How is the vehicle fleet managed today and what software solutions will be needed in the future to efficiently implement range and charging management, for example?
Switching to electric vehicles in the fleet requires good planning and some changes. Processes have to be rethought and adapted, and the existing fleet users have to rethink and accept the change. However, with thorough preparation and the involvement of all stakeholders, the best solution for converting the vehicle fleet to electric mobility can be found for every company.