Current sustainability trends in fleet management
In the last few years, extreme climatic events have seemed to become the ‘new normal’ and clean air standards were surpassed in multiple cities around the world. These global challenges lead to a tightening of environmental legislation, strategic plans to phase out the sale or use of internal combustion engines, and an acceleration of innovation in the transport sector.
So, what effect will these and other factors have in driving sustainability in the fleet management industry in 2018 and beyond? And what are the key sustainability trends for fleet managers to be aware of?
The rising popularity of electric vehicles
Based on current estimates, electric vehicles (EVs) will reach an inflection point somewhere between 2035 and 2040, where half of all cars sold will be plug-ins. Their proliferation into the world of trucks and vans is also continually increasing.
The greatest challenge that electric truck and lorry manufacturers have to overcome is to develop batteries with sufficient storage capacity to allow extended distance journeys between charges. Batteries must also be light enough not to interfere with the vehicle’s freight hauling capacity.
In the UK, the government has extended their electric vehicle grant scheme to include vans. These grants make the case for purchasing electric vehicles not just an environmentally sound option, but also a cost-effective one for fleet managers.
By the beginning of 2018, 17 countries and cities had announced plans to ban the sale or use of gasoline or diesel vehicles by at least 2040. That list looks set to grow longer as governments try to improve air quality for their citizens, further boosting the business case to start the transition to electric.
With FleetCarma’s fleet management platform, you can easily track the charging data for all of your electric vehicles, whether they plugged in at a networked or non-networked EVSE, or at a public station. This enables the fleet manager to easily calculate charging costs, reimburse drivers for home charging, and prevent fraudulent use of your charging infrastructure.
Fleet management technology interweaves environmental savings
Fleet managers are now recognizing that telematics and fleet management software is so much more powerful than simply being a tool to track driver locations.
The data that fleet management software captures, can be used by fleet managers to optimize their maintenance programs, keeping a record of diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs), emitting real-time alerts, and tracking odometer readings to accurately schedule preventative maintenance.
It can also be used to optimize routes and effectively manage dispatch to reduce the fleet’s transport demand. To learn more, check out our guide for municipal fleet managers.
Finally, fleet management software is an invaluable tool for driver and safety management, providing reports and alerts that highlight aggressive driving behavior, excessive idling, and other activities that are harmful to the environment or public health.
FleetCarma’s fleet management platform enables fleet managers to drive significant environmental and operational savings across their entire current fleet, and prepares it for the future with full compatibility with electric vehicles.
Autonomous Vehicles Aren’t Going Away
Autonomous vehicles will have a disruptive impact on the world of transport and logistics over the coming decade. While public opinion is still divided, growing evidence suggests that autonomous vehicles will represent a safer and more efficient transport model, especially if the technology is combined with EVs.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) forecasts that self-driving vehicle fleets could eventually remove up to 90 percent of vehicles on urban city streets.
The use of fleet management software will be vital to manage these new autonomous fleets, allowing the fleet and dispatch manager to actively control their assets in real time, combining with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems to drive considerable improvements in business efficiency and to optimize transport demand.