The call for alternative energies to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels has been increasing these past few years, and manufacturing companies are developing strategies on how to address this. Fleet managers are beginning to look long and hard at the feasibility of incorporating electric vehicle rentals in their fleet. But because it is still in its infancy, maintaining electric vehicle rentals will have some challenges that need to be overcome before they become mainstream.
The good news is that demand is steadily on the rise and electric vehicles have received increased receptivity among consumers and companies alike. To include electric vehicle rentals in your offerings and enjoy the benefits of sustainable energy for your fleet, a paradigm shift in thinking is necessary to compensate for its shortcomings while the technology matures.
Because of the current limitations of electric vehicles, business owners are keener to invest in hybrid vehicles to help them transition away from gasoline or diesel fuels while they wait for electrics to be fully developed. Hybrids would overcome some of the issues with electric vehicles but still reduce their carbon emissions in compliance with government regulations.
Access to Charging Stations
Making electric vehicle rentals commercially viable would require a large network of charging stations across the country, even in remote areas. Charging an electric vehicle is unlike fuelling with gasoline or diesel because it presently requires a longer time to charge. Transportation managers will have to carefully manage the distance their electric vehicle rentals travels and plot a route that has easy access to charging stations along the way. Additionally, extra time will have to be factored in to account for the longer charge times.
Having an electric fleet would also require a rethink of employee reimbursement. Electricity use for charging electric vehicle rentals at home is difficult to quantify, so compensation for such an activity is difficult to calculate. Technologies could be used to accurately gauge electricity usage for charging an electric vehicle at home and policies can be developed to encourage charging at charging stations instead.
Lack of Options for Heavy Duty Trucks
Electric vehicles are usually designed as cars and SUVs and the introduction of medium to heavy duty trucks still lags behind. However, new options are starting to make its way into the market. Companies like Ford, Tesla, Rivian, GM, and Chevrolet are already developing several electric trucks which should be ready for sale in the immediate future. As batteries get smaller and more efficient and electric motors become more powerful, the range and carrying capacity of an electric truck will get better in the coming years.
The need for an all electric fleet is just a reflection of the global initiative to switch to sustainable energy. As more electric vehicles become available in the marketplace, the cost to acquire them becomes much affordable. More and more automotive companies are putting their collective efforts in developing and refining electric vehicles and expanding their models to satisfy market demand. Fleet companies are beginning to have the means to focus on sustainability and reduce their carbon footprint in an industry that could really use the benefits of battery-powered electrics.
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