Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common place as a choice for fleets. Utility subsidies and rebates, as well as federal government funding options are becoming increasingly available in support of driving more sustainable vehicle options. Instead of gasoline or diesel, the EVs run off electricity on a battery. Batteries can be charged at standard or customizable charging stations that are designed with advanced technologies, including network connectivity and cellular capability.

What Is Fleet Electrification?

Fleet electrification is the process of transitioning a fleet of vehicles (for example, commercial, government-owned, and even school buses) from traditional vehicles to EVs or hybrids. It involves replacing or adding electric-powered vehicles, along with the necessary charging infrastructure and associated management systems.

Some of the goals of fleet electrification include reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality, and decreasing dependence on fossil fuels. Electric vehicles are low-to-zero emissions, which helps mitigate the environmental impact of transportation and supports sustainability efforts. By switching to electric power, fleet operators can contribute to reducing carbon emissions and help promote a greener and cleaner transportation sector.

Many industries and businesses throughout the United States are adopting EVs. A wide range of funding subsidies are available for different types of fleets. Some types of fleets include:

  • Light-duty fleets: Electric passenger vehicles, sedans and trucks are often used for taxis, corporate fleets, municipal operations and police departments.
  • Medium-duty fleets: Electric shuttle buses, delivery vans and buses used by hotels, transit companies and schools.
  • Heavy-duty fleets: Electric vehicles such as transit buses, semitrucks and refuse trucks used by delivery and transportation businesses.

Switching a company’s entire vehicle fleet to EVs , often also includes installing the infrastructure to keep them charged.

Benefit of Fleet Electrification?
  • Environmental: Electric vehicles produce lower or zero emissions, reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emission.
  • Better efficiency: EVs are generally more energy-efficient than traditional vehicles and require less energy to operate.
  • Lower emissions: Fleet electrification provides an opportunity to integrate renewable, clean energy sources into the transportation sector. The zero-carbon vehicles reduce air pollution, which can positively impact carbon reduction goals.
  • Cost savings: There is funding available through a variety of sources for fleet electrification in support of decarbonization. In addition, EVs require less maintenance and have lower fuel costs compared to traditional vehicles, which translates to lower operating expenses.
  • Government incentives: The government may offer incentives for organizations to electrify their fleets, including grants and tax credits.
  • Employee satisfaction: Transitioning to EVs demonstrates a commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. The use of more efficient, eco-friendly fleets may increase job satisfaction and morale among employees who value sustainability.

Connect with Freedom Energy

Freedom Energy does not offer fleet electrification services, however, it is an important consideration for many of our clients. Our partners will help support clients with their fleet electrification endeavors through fleet electrification consulting and more.

To learn more, get in touch with our team today!