Four ways telematics can support commercial fleet electrification


Now more than ever, it’s vital for us think about our long-term impact on the environment.

Transport is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK. As we approach the UK’s goal for reaching net zero emissions by 2050, we face a huge challenge in reducing emissions from road transport.

Investing in electric vehicles (EVs) isn’t a quick decision or simple solution. But taking smaller steps like making the most of telematics can help you improve your fleet sustainability without overhauling your operations.

Here are four ways telematics can support the electrification and transform the carbon footprint of your fleet.

  1. More efficient driving

Telematics can identify the best eco-drivers in your fleet and spot areas of improvement. Not only can non-eco driving behaviours use more fuel, but they can lead to parts wearing down quickly, resulting in your vehicles becoming less efficient.

  1. Realtime vehicle diagnostics

Telematics devices allow for proactive maintenance; monitoring for engine faults and allowing you to identify potential issues early on.

As well as avoiding a breakdown, monitoring faults proactively helps keep a fleet at peak efficiency. When each part is working as it should, you’ll get the best fuel economy, meaning less need for the fuel in the first place. However, your car is powered, reducing your overall consumption always goes hand in hand with sustainability.

  1. Fewer roadblocks ahead

One of the least sustainable habits for drivers is idling. Driver monitoring and eco-driving can help in part, but slow roads or traffic jams are the worst idling offenders.

With telematics including GPS and traffic data, drivers are routed the most efficient journey possible. This saves time and headaches, not to mention battery life or unnecessary emissions.

  1. Driving the change to electric vehicles

If you’re weighing up the switch to electric, telematics can help in your initial suitability assessment. Existing fleet telematics can show if an electric fleet is right for your business, what type of vehicle/s will fit your commercial requirements, and even where your charge points should be based.

If the benefits stack up, your telematics will become a powerful tool once you’ve electrified. They can help you monitor energy consumption, battery charge, and similarly to in ICE vehicles, manage traffic and route planning. Proactive route planning can also help mitigate against any range anxiety that might be felt in early days.

To learn more about how Drax EV could work for your fleet, or to discuss the potential of converting your fleet vehicles, get in touch with their experts.


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