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Ecological transition: a few precautions before switching to electricity


There are a number of arguments that are pushing car fleet managers (CFMs) to move towards the ecological transition. They have to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of switching to electric power. To ensure their competitiveness, companies must take into account their environmental impact but also the imperatives linked to their field of activity.

Road transport is a sector that generates a large part of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. This is why radical measures are needed to reduce emissions. In addition to sometimes somewhat aggressive regulatory measures, governments are introducing incentives and adoption policies for EVs in cities around the world. In California, an executive order has been signed for the state to become carbon neutral and move to 100% renewable energy power generation by 2045. Elsewhere too, several countries have followed this ecological transition by committing to ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines (Norway in 2025, India in 2030, France and the UK in 2040).

Fleet managers therefore feel obliged to commit themselves in turn to converting their fleets to more electric vehicles. And it is no longer a question of display measures to make people believe that their fleet is "greening", but of a determined move towards a gradual abandonment of "thermal". To do so, they must take into account several criteria, including the real impact on the total cost of ownership (TCO), on the environment and on the company's operations. The two criteria that fleet managers are most concerned about are financial considerations and autonomy.

What questions need to be asked in order to put in place strategies that will ensure a good ecological transition?

Should all the vehicles in my fleet be electric? If not, which ones should be replaced as a priority by hybrid or 100% electric vehicles?

Won't the psychological pressure exerted by government incentives ("I want to take advantage of this windfall at all costs") combined with the "fashion" effect disturb my judgement?

Will the transition to "greener" vehicles be both operationally and financially bearable? Are ecological vehicles as efficient as conventional vehicles? And do they allow you to carry out all the tasks entrusted to your employees?

How many electric vehicles can I integrate into the vehicle fleet, and when?

What models of electric vehicles are available? And will the "announced" autonomies really be seen on the road? And in a few years' time, what will be the residual value of these vehicles once the batteries are no longer usable?

These questions must be asked in order to develop an effective EV adoption strategy.

To answer them, you need to look at your fleet's actual data and not rely on intuition. Excessive haste can have serious consequences for the business (and for the CAGs themselves, who are in too much of a hurry to be up to date!). In addition, many AFMs have difficulty appreciating the actual use of their current fleet. The expected mileage at the time of vehicle acquisition is often over- or underestimated.

Only a precise measurement of the use of the vehicle fleet over a period of a few weeks can provide an objective basis for reflection.

It makes sense to invest a little time, with experts in ecological transition, in order to avoid going in a direction that is unsuited to the situation of one's fleet. And this is not so rare! We only hear about cases where everything is going wonderfully well. But this is not a generality. Quite the contrary.

Take your time before taking the plunge. And if you need someone to accompany you. Remember that every fleet is different.




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