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Transitioning to an electric fleet

17 August 2023

Insights into transitioning to an electric fleet 

Recently, we surveyed our clients to get an idea of where they’re at in their electric vehicle (EV) journey so that we can support their transition to an electric fleet. By providing detailed transition plans tailored to individual clients, we can help make a seamless switch to EVs. 

The survey gave us some great insights. Read more about some of the key takeaways here. 

The importance of EVs in the sustainability puzzle 

More than ever, organisations are focusing on environmental issues, paying close attention to how their actions affect the planet. At Smartfleet, it’s a vital part of what we do – and a lot of our clients are on the same page. 

We’re confident of the key role EVs can play in helping reduce our clients’ carbon footprint. Currently, fleet vehicles produce a great deal of Australia’s emissions. Moving to EVs (or even hybrids) is a great way to help reduce those emissions, cutting down on air pollution and harmful gases in the atmosphere. 

In the survey, about half of respondents confirmed they have a formal sustainability strategy or environmental policy (potentially including net zero targets). On top of this, 86% of respondents told us they’ve already considered adding all types of EVs to their current fleet (or as part of their broader sustainability strategy). 

Making moves to transition to electric 

We were pleased to hear of our clients’ progress towards making the switch to EVs. Just under a quarter of respondents have already purchased their first EV, while about 20% plan to convert their fleet (or a portion of it) in the near future. Another 20% want to move to hybrids, while another 25% are closer to the starting point of the process. 

Charging infrastructure is vital, and about a third of respondents have already worked out their plans. More than half of that group (roughly 25% of the total) have partnered with a charging provider. Still, about 63% don’t have a charging plan yet, showing that a transition process takes some real effort to get right. 

We also asked our clients if they had all the details they needed to work out a proper whole life cost comparison. About 30% had already modelled some assumptions, but 40% told us they’d need our help. Of the remaining clients surveyed, we asked if they had thought about their whole life costs and 65% said they had started but weren’t sure what to consider. 

Knowing what vehicles are out there is also important, and it’s good to see, almost 75% of respondents confirmed they understand the different types of EVs available. 

There’s a lot to talk about 

We also wanted to know the kinds of EV topics that interest our clients most. Several selected all the options we provided, showcasing their desire to learn more and make the right decisions for their sustainability strategy (and their bottom line). 

The most popular topic was charging technology (selected by 77% of respondents), while whole of life costs came second at 73%. That was followed by interest in available vehicles (68%), and first transition steps (64%). 

It’s exciting to see that so many clients are keen to make the transition or already making waves on the path forward. And if you’re in that same boat of needing more information, don’t hesitate to enlist the help of our experts at Smartfleet. 

Helping you on your transition journey 

If you’re interested in electrifying your fleet (no matter where you’re at in your journey) - we’d love to help you out.

Please reach out to your Smartfleet Client Relationship Manager or contact us to discuss further. 

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