The hardest part about a fleet’s electric vehicle (EV) journey is getting started. Often, the most intimidating part is not knowing where or how to start. That’s where Wheels Donlen can help. We’ve provided some short-term recommendations to get you headed in the right direction on your EV journey:
A. Rightsizing your fleet
Over time, fleet inventories expand to the point where some vehicles are used less often or are not the right vehicle to get the job done. Rightsizing is so important in this scenario. When managers account for the necessary size of fleets needed for the tasks at hand, companies can utilize vehicles efficiently, save money on fuel and maintenance, and reduce emissions.
What’s also important to keep in mind is having the right mix of vehicles at the right location and the right time. When these factors come in harmony together, fleet managers find truly satisfactory results.
So, although your fleet might not be fully electric, taking the steps to rightsizing will still aid the effort toward a more energy-efficient fleet. And if you don’t know where to start, Wheels Donlen is here to support and guide you.
B. Modifying driver behavior
Good driver behavior is paramount nowadays with fuel prices and carbon emissions both on the rise. To help optimize your MPG and lower carbon emissions, here are some best practices for your drivers to use:
- Gradual acceleration and deceleration improve mileage
- Overall reduction of average speed
- Utilizing telematics to help show excessive idling time
- Avoid harsh stops and starts
- Have properly inflated tires; underinflated tires can worsen mileage
Navigating the first steps toward a more electric fleet can be daunting, but Wheels Donlen is here to help guide you on how to start. Together, we can help you reach your EV and sustainability goals. Contact us to start on your EV journey.