The benefits of telematics for electric vehicles in the UK
By 2040, the UK government plans to end the sale of all new, conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans. This is part of the UK government’s ambition to improve air quality. There is evidence that long-term exposure to air pollution reduces life expectancy by increasing deaths from lung, heart and circulatory conditions1. Possible links to diabetes, cognitive decline and dementia have also been found2.
This new plan does not mean that petrol and diesel cars will completely disappear but there will be more investment in low or zero emission cars such as electric vehicles. Hybrid vehicles will also still be available.
From a fleet management perspective, electric vehicles can be very beneficial:
- Reduced CO2 emissions which, in turn, lessens taxes.
- Lower fuel costs. It can be as low as 2p per mile and for an annual mileage of 10,000 miles per year, it can save you around £800 in fuel costs3.
- Less spending on maintenance. An electric vehicle has simpler transmissions and do not require fluid replacement. Some commercial fleets are reporting maintenance cost reductions of more than 50 percent for battery electric vehicles4.
There’s no need to worry if you’re currently operating a conventional fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles as there is still plenty of time before the switch occurs. However, it’s good to know that telematics technology is already prepared for it.
When placed in an electric vehicle, telematics can monitor and record data to help:
- Improve driving styles
- Monitor energy consumption per kilometre
- Monitor the amount of energy regenerated
- Monitor battery state of charge
Using sophisticated EV (electric vehicle) reporting tools, fleet operators can produce daily, weekly or monthly reports on start and end state of charge for every trip, overall energy consumption statistics (both used and regenerated) and current battery status.
Telematics’ ability to observe and report on driving styles helps to improve it. This, in turn, improves safety, energy consumption and energy generation. Early notification of low battery state of charge levels can also assist with managing electric vehicle fleets.
Even though electric vehicles are the next big thing, most of you are still currently running petrol- and diesel-based fleets. Download our free informative guide to learn how to reduce your current fuel consumption before electric vehicles become everyday.
1 World Health Organization, ‘Review of evidence on health aspects of air pollution – REVIHAAP Project’, 2013
2 Royal College of Physicians ‘Every breath we take. The lifelong impact of air pollution’ (2016).
3 Fleetdrive Electric. (n.d.) Financial Benefits. Retrieved from https://www.fleetdrive-electric.com/benefits/financial/
4 Midwest Evolve. (n.d.) Fleet advantages. Retrieved from http://www.midwestevolve.org/advantages-of-evs/fleet-advantages/