Electric drive vehicles are available in many forms for both light-duty and heavy-duty applications. There are public charging stations available across the United States and three main options for at-home or at-work charging of ﬂeet vehicles. Electric drive vehicles and their variations have been available for years and the market for such advanced vehicles continues to grow. As a result, there are many options available for fleet managers who wish to convert their vehicles to electric drive.
Why Use Green Fleets?
- Reduce operating costs by improving efficiency, reducing lifecycle costs, and reduce vulnerability to volatile fuel prices.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by implementing the use of electric drive vehicles, which are the primary source of greenhouse gases and urban air pollution.
- Improve corporate image by branding business strategies and appealing to public concerns about energy conservation and ecological sensibilities.
How to Implement Green Fleets
- Get buy-in from all management and staff levels, and be sure to communicate information about the benefits, goals, and targets frequently.
- Create long-term objectives and tangible goals based on best practices in the industry (such as baselines, benchmarks, and progress reports).
- Avoid setting reduction goals in absolute numbers for growing fleets or fleets just starting because absolute goals can impede growth.
- Anticipate obstacles, such as driver resistance, lag time between original equipment manufacturers’ technology and market availability, and slower return on investment.
- Move slowly and implement change over time.
- Improve vehicle use with selection analysis and education of drivers.
- Track and report progress and share successes with employees, shareholders, and the public.