Rolling Towards Sustainable Fleet Management: Insights from Wheels’ 2023 Benchmark Report
By Sara Sweeney October 24, 2023
Sustainability is now a goal, mandate or mission for almost every organization. It is the reason why, as a fleet management company, we embarked upon our first “Environmental Sustainability Benchmark Report” three years ago. The survey elicits input on goals, progress, tactics and strategies from our rich customer community. Having led the project for the past three years, we are seeing trends emerge and we think the insights gleaned are increasingly invaluable.
Emerging Best Practices in EV Adoption
One of the most notable aspects from this year’s benchmark is that we are observing companies and fleets converging around what’s starting to look very much like a set of best practices, especially in managing Electric Vehicles (EVs). There is a common focus on ensuring drivers successfully manage EVs at home by investing in home chargers, facilitating installation, and offering varied forms of reimbursement.
For public charging too, companies are realizing the benefits of providing their drivers with a managed program to support both charging and payment.
Depot Infrastructure is another topic the survey addresses. Planning and building out depot charging requires meticulous preparation and engagement from diverse departments including real estate, facilities, and procurement. These collaborative efforts across various sectors within organizations underscore a wider, unified emphasis and commitment to depot infrastructure.
This year, the survey included new questions around goals and where they originate within organizations. The feedback was enlightening: the pursuit of fleet sustainability isn’t just a fleet aspiration. It’s a comprehensive organizational goal, originating from the top levels of companies trickling down to the fleet management level.
Organizations have marked out timelines stretching from 2025 and beyond, indicating that sustainability isn’t a fleeting trend but an enduring directional shift across industries.
Solidifying the Path Forward
As companies converge on best practices and strategies, they not only ease their transition towards sustainable fleet management but also pave a more stable path for others to follow in the future.
To gain even further insights and guidance, consider attending our annual Virtual EV Summit which takes place on November 1st between 11 AM and 5:30 PM ET. Register here to gain exposure to a full spectrum of EV information highlighting both the challenges and solutions to electrification. We’d love for you to join us!