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Top tips for transitioning fleets to EV

022 Jun 2023

Missed our recent webinar? Catch up on our expert insights into transitioning your business to electric vehicles—and 3 key considerations

We recently hosted our ‘Successful EV fleet transition’ webinar, a masterclass which was fantastically received by the fleet management professionals who attended. Here, we bring you our key takeaways from the session, just in case you missed it.

The session included a wealth of insight and bp pulse’s learnings and research around the transition to electric vehicles (EV). We took a deep dive into real life examples of what that transition looks like for fleets.

Attendees heard from our speakers Alex Potts, bp pulse Fleet Sales Director and Adrian Brabazon, BP Fleet Sales Director and had the opportunity to ask questions.

Alex Potts shared three key takeaways that underpin successful fleet transitions:

1. There is no magic wand

Every business has unique needs and requirements when it comes to infrastructure. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for EV charging. This is where partnering with bp pulse will give you an advantage, as we draw on over a decade’s experience to collaborate with our customers and can understand your business's specific demands. By gaining this knowledge, we can determine the best locations for charging stations, evaluate the electrical capacity, and assess the feasibility of integrating EV charging with your existing infrastructure.

Every business has unique needs and requirements when it comes to infrastructure. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for EV charging

2. Understand existing infrastructure

Before implementing EV charging infrastructure, it's crucial to have a comprehensive understanding of your current infrastructure. This involves assessing your site, working closely with property and estates departments, and identifying any potential limitations or opportunities. By also envisioning your future needs, you can plan ahead and avoid redundant or inefficient installations; consider your requirements not just in the immediate future but also over the next three, five, and ten years.

3. Learn about the "Dig once" approach

The "dig once" principle emphasises the importance of minimising disruption and cost by avoiding repetitive construction. By investing time and effort in thoroughly understanding your requirements upfront, we can optimise the installation process and avoid the need for multiple disruptive digging projects in the future. This approach not only saves time and money but also minimises inconvenience to your operations.

Want to discuss solutions for your business? Get in touch with our expert team >

During the masterclass, we shared the steps it takes to undertake a successful electric vehicle transition. These steps include:

  • how we will assess your high-level objectives and what your business needs

  • the impact of driver and vehicle behaviour within your fleet, such as mileage modelling

  • and, your options for future-proofing, which will aid reduced costs and disruption

To discover all 11 steps required – and discuss how each of them can be tailored to you – start a conversation with one of our fleet experts by clicking the link below and popping your details on our business enquiry form.

Get started with workplace and business EV charging

Whether you’re planning developments, running a fleet, or looking to transition workplace, hospital or retail car parks, we’ll help build an EV strategy around you.

In summary, switching to an electric vehicle fleet requires a strategic approach that considers your specific business needs, existing infrastructure, long-term goals, and the principles of efficient construction. Collaborating with bp pulse experts will aid a smooth transition to electric vehicles while maximising the benefits for your business. To discuss your business requirements, please complete our enquiry form and we’ll be in touch.

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