Electric Vehicles: Right For Your Fleet?
FleetCarma was recently featured in Fleet Digest Magazine / autosphere.ca in an article written by Jil McIntosh discussing electric vehicles (EVs) and their impact on fleet applications. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Data determines if electric vehicles will save you money.
Electric vehicles (EVs) are the headlines these days. They’re expected to initially make the most impact in fleets that cover fixed distances each day and return to a central charging area at night. But before you simply swap plug-in for petroleum, you need to know if EVs are the most cost-effective solution for your use.
A new tool from Ontario-based FleetCarma intends to help you make the right decision by tracking your fleet’s real-world data and comparing the operational costs of conventional vehicles and EVs.
Analysis reveals total cost of ownership
“This isn’t Excel spreadsheet calculations,” says Eric Mallia, business development manager for FleetCarma. “We want to make sure that fleets don’t make a bad decision, so we remove the uncertainty with highly-sophisticated analysis that gives them realizable total cost of ownership.”
FleetCarma uses a thumb-sized device that clips into the OBDII port of any vehicle. The vehicle is then driven for three weeks, and its data is uploaded into FleetCarma’s website using a USB cable.
Shortly afterwards, the user can view a breakdown of plug-in vehicles and how much it would cost to operate them within the fleet, based on the current fleet’s real-world data. The system is patent-pending and Mallia says it is the first and only one that logs real-world data and applies it to electric vehicles.
The system currently compares OEM vehicles that are available or coming to market soon, including the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Ford Transit Connect Electric, Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
To read the rest of the article, please visit: http://www.autosphere.ca/en/fleets-management-fleetcarma.html
Interested in knowing whether an electric vehicle is right for YOUR fleet? For a limited time, fleet operators can sign up for a free, no-obligation trial. For more information, visit www.fleetcarma.com/offer.
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