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Why the World’s Largest Fleets Rely on Data

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Why the world’s leading fleets rely on data

Author: Christoph Ludewig, Vice President, OEM Europe at Geotab

Telematics expert Geotab is working with major OEMs to help fleet operators solve the operational and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

The world’s leading fleets are turning to data to navigate their way through increasingly difficult operating environments while simultaneously delivering on customer expectations.

In the courier and delivery industry, precision is now the expectation. Customers insist on narrow delivery windows for groceries and accurate arrival times for service engineers. They also want to be able to track the progress of parcels and technicians in real-time on their smartphones. 

At the same time, national and city authorities are imposing tougher controls on vehicle operators. These agencies are seeking to push fleets towards electric vehicles in order to eliminate both carbon emissions and local air pollution.

COVID-19 has only served to accelerate these trends. As companies draw up business plans for the aftermath of lockdown restrictions, they are looking for a step-change improvement in fleet efficiency to satisfy customers, meet environmental commitments and protect their bottom lines.

Importance of vehicle data

Vehicle data is already playing a vital role for a large swathe of fleets, providing them with the raw ingredients to optimise routes, maximise vehicle uptime and enhance operational efficiency. These demands may seem familiar to experienced fleet operators, but the rapid acceleration of vehicle electrification has added an entirely new level of complexity.

For example, in London, where logistics firm Gnewt, runs a fleet of electric light commercial vehicles, its green commitment was not matched by the local power supply, which was only able to recharge 35 vans per day at the depot.

Gnewt uses Geotab technology to monitor the state of charge in individual vehicle batteries and combines this with live information about which vehicles are being charged and when. As a result, its depot has been able to increase the number of daily charges to 80 vehicles. 

Though an encouraging step in the right direction, for fleets weaned on the convenience of a five-minute diesel fill-up to fuel a day’s deliveries, these power limitations present fresh challenges, and the solution requires new tools. 

The need for this type of VIN-level data is rising exponentially as businesses juggle with the range thresholds and charging times of electric vehicles. If a last-mile logistics company wants to redirect a vehicle to make an extra collection, it needs confidence that there is sufficient power in the batteries to complete its route. 

Likewise, the most advanced service companies no longer look to dispatch the closest vehicle to a client, but instead to identify the nearest vehicle that has sufficient battery range to reach the customer and which is carrying the right replacement parts. Synchronising GPS signals with live data on the state of battery charges, and even adding parts inventories into the mix, have become a part of everyday fleet management for many companies.

Data equality is an issue rising in importance as vehicle manufacturers introduce greater connectivity to cars, vans and trucks. Vehicle data can be extremely useful to fleets, helping to save costs while enhancing efficiency. For data to be useful and actionable, OEMs need to deliver it in an easily digestible format. OEM data needs to be integrated into whatever fleet management software customers are using. 

The problem is, transferring the right data at the right frequency from vehicles is highly technical. It also serves as an unwanted distraction for OEMs at a time when they are so heavily focused on their core business of developing and launching electric vehicles. 

 

Is all data equal?

Data equality is an issue rising in importance as vehicle manufacturers introduce greater connectivity to cars, vans and trucks. Vehicle data can be extremely useful to fleets, helping to save costs while enhancing efficiency. For data to be useful and actionable, OEMs need to deliver it in an easily digestible format. OEM data needs to be integrated into whatever fleet management software customers are using. 

The problem is, transferring the right data at the right frequency from vehicles is highly technical. It also serves as an unwanted distraction for OEMs at a time when they are so heavily focused on their core business of developing and launching electric vehicles. 

The Geotab advantage

Vehicle data transfer and analysis is at the very core of Geotab’s DNA. Geotab is a connected fleet company by design. The company sits on the board of COVESA (Connected Vehicle Systems Alliance), which is leveraging Geotab’s edge-computing expertise as it works to establish market-wide standards for the type and frequency of signals required to support telematics. This includes new mobility and predictive vehicle maintenance solutions.

Geotab’s patented curve algorithm is fine-tuned to send data signals from the engine TCU (or even individual components) to the cloud at minimum cost and at a frequency that is optimised for fleets. Moreover, Geotab’s connected vehicle platform can seamlessly integrate data from all OEMs, reflecting the fact that even the most globalised fleets utilise different makes and models.

Geotab not only deals in aggregated data, but concentrates on VIN-specific data, which holds value for fleets. Geotab’s analytics tools provide rich insights for fleet operations, helping businesses to identify savings and drive efficiencies. 

As an example, Madrid City Council used Geotab’s technology to detect both under- and over-used vehicles based on daily mileage so they could right size their fleet. On the other side of the Atlantic, the City of Seattle has used Geotab systems to monitor the fuel savings of switching ICE vehicles to electric, thus supporting its business case for further electrification.

Get more out of your telematics solution

Geotab understands the value of data and how to generate revenue from it. The company is actively working with leading OEMs to develop recurring revenue business models from fleet data on behalf of their customers. Geotab’ s manufacturing partners include key electric vehicle makers as well as established OEMs, such as Ford, Mercedes-Benz, PSA, Renault and the heavy vehicle sector. 

Only by collaborating closely in long-term partnerships Geotab can help shared fleet customers navigate the challenges that lie ahead of them.

For more information on partnering with Geotab and seizing the opportunities presented by their connected vehicle solutions, visit: GEOTAB OEM

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6 Ways to Improve Your Electric Vehicle Range

Electric vehicle range

With improved battery technology, electric vehicles (EV) can travel further on a single charge than ever before. With the continued increase in charging infrastructure electric vehicle adoption is becoming a more viable option for fleets looking to transition to electric. However, for many EV owners and potential EV customers, range anxiety has been a common issue and one of the biggest potential stumbling block to EV adoption. There are many things EV drivers can do to improve the range of their electric vehicles. Here are our 6 tips for extending your electric vehicle range .

1. Slow down and stop speeding

Firstly, one of the biggest killers to EV range is speeding. Simply, the faster you drive, the more energy you’ll use from the battery. If you want to improve your electric vehicles range, slow down whilst driving and don’t be heavy footed on the accelerator. The optimal speed for an electric vehicle is below 56mph. So, when driving on a motorway, driving below the motorway speed limit will result in significantly improved range, fewer stops for charging and avoid speeding fines. Working with our EV customers, their fleet can now travel three times as far using the same amount of energy.

2. Maximise regenerative braking

One of the best features about driving an electric vehicle is regenerative (re-gen) braking. Simply put, re-gen in an electric vehicle sends energy back to the battery every time you lift your foot off the accelerator. While the energy returned to the battery is small each time, it really does add up to more miles, leveraging the re-generative braking system effectively, especially around town, can add a considerable number of miles to the range of the EV. The additional bonus of utilising regenerative braking on an electric vehicle is the brakes in the vehicle can last significantly longer as the traditional friction brake isn’t being used as often.

3. Smooth acceleration

Harsh acceleration will drain your electric car battery and range at a much quicker rate. It might be tempting to exploit an EV’s instant torque when taking off at a traffic light, but this will come at a cost of reduced range. Smoothly accelerating from a standing start will maximise vehicle range, savings battery energy and reduce the number of stops required to charge the vehicle.

4. Efficient route planning

Whilst driving style plays an important role in getting the most out of your electric vehicles range, other factors such as efficient route planning can also affect an electric vehicles range. Avoiding high-speed routes such as motorway and dual carriageways are another way to extend an EV’s range. However, some journeys may require motorway driving so we would recommend correcting your driving style to ensure you maximise EV range whilst on high-speed routes. Route planning solutions like Maxoptra will find the best energy saving routes, maximising your electric vehicles range, and avoiding needless stops for charging.

5. Pre-condition the vehicle

Another way to maximise EV range is to pre-condition the vehicle to avoid using the air con or heating whilst driving. Using the climate control features whilst driving an EV will put a drain on battery power. Therefore, limiting the use of the air-conditioning and heating features in an electric vehicle will reduce the energy used and subsequently increase the vehicles range capacity. Pre-conditioning the vehicle whilst it is on charge will maximise the vehicles energy consumption and EV range further.

6. Stay on top of tyre management

Tyre management can play a vital role in maximising your EV range. To ensure your vehicle is getting the most range possible, make sure that your tyres are properly inflated as close to the manufacturer’s specification as possible (this is usually found on a sticker fixed to the inside of the driver’s side door frame). Whenever your electric vehicles tyres are underinflated not only will EV range decrease but can lead to uneven and early tread wear. Electric vehicles require specific tyres due to the additional weight and instant torque to withstand. Therefore, when replacing EV tyres, make sure to replace them with models designed specifically for electric vehicles.

With these tips we hope to reduce your range anxiety and show that electric vehicles can meet your range expectations. When driven correctly and efficiently electric vehicles can fulfil fleets requirements. Continue to monitor your electric fleets range capabilities with Geotab’s detailed electric vehicle reports, as seen below.

Geotab electric economy report

 

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6 Ways to Improve Your Electric Vehicle Range

Electric vehicle range

With improved battery technology, electric vehicles (EV) can travel further on a single charge than ever before. With the continued increase in charging infrastructure electric vehicle adoption is becoming a more viable option for fleets looking to transition to electric. However, for many EV owners and potential EV customers, range anxiety has been a common issue and one of the biggest potential stumbling block to EV adoption. There are many things EV drivers can do to improve the range of their electric vehicles. Here are our 6 tips for extending your electric vehicle range .

1. Slow down and stop speeding

Firstly, one of the biggest killers to EV range is speeding. Simply, the faster you drive, the more energy you’ll use from the battery. If you want to improve your electric vehicles range, slow down whilst driving and don’t be heavy footed on the accelerator. The optimal speed for an electric vehicle is below 56mph. So, when driving on a motorway, driving below the motorway speed limit will result in significantly improved range, fewer stops for charging and avoid speeding fines. Working with our EV customers, their fleet can now travel three times as far using the same amount of energy.

2. Maximise regenerative braking

One of the best features about driving an electric vehicle is regenerative (re-gen) braking. Simply put, re-gen in an electric vehicle sends energy back to the battery every time you lift your foot off the accelerator. While the energy returned to the battery is small each time, it really does add up to more miles, leveraging the re-generative braking system effectively, especially around town, can add a considerable number of miles to the range of the EV. The additional bonus of utilising regenerative braking on an electric vehicle is the brakes in the vehicle can last significantly longer as the traditional friction brake isn’t being used as often.

3. Smooth acceleration

Harsh acceleration will drain your electric car battery and range at a much quicker rate. It might be tempting to exploit an EV’s instant torque when taking off at a traffic light, but this will come at a cost of reduced range. Smoothly accelerating from a standing start will maximise vehicle range, savings battery energy and reduce the number of stops required to charge the vehicle.

4. Efficient route planning

Whilst driving style plays an important role in getting the most out of your electric vehicles range, other factors such as efficient route planning can also affect an electric vehicles range. Avoiding high-speed routes such as motorway and dual carriageways are another way to extend an EV’s range. However, some journeys may require motorway driving so we would recommend correcting your driving style to ensure you maximise EV range whilst on high-speed routes. Route planning solutions like Maxoptra will find the best energy saving routes, maximising your electric vehicles range, and avoiding needless stops for charging.

5. Pre-condition the vehicle

Another way to maximise EV range is to pre-condition the vehicle to avoid using the air con or heating whilst driving. Using the climate control features whilst driving an EV will put a drain on battery power. Therefore, limiting the use of the air-conditioning and heating features in an electric vehicle will reduce the energy used and subsequently increase the vehicles range capacity. Pre-conditioning the vehicle whilst it is on charge will maximise the vehicles energy consumption and EV range further.

6. Stay on top of tyre management

Tyre management can play a vital role in maximising your EV range. To ensure your vehicle is getting the most range possible, make sure that your tyres are properly inflated as close to the manufacturer’s specification as possible (this is usually found on a sticker fixed to the inside of the driver’s side door frame). Whenever your electric vehicles tyres are underinflated not only will EV range decrease but can lead to uneven and early tread wear. Electric vehicles require specific tyres due to the additional weight and instant torque to withstand. Therefore, when replacing EV tyres, make sure to replace them with models designed specifically for electric vehicles.

With these tips we hope to reduce your range anxiety and show that electric vehicles can meet your range expectations. When driven correctly and efficiently electric vehicles can fulfil fleets requirements. Continue to monitor your electric fleets range capabilities with Geotab’s detailed electric vehicle reports, as seen below.

Geotab electric economy report

 

Want to continue learning about electric vehicles, read our latest EV telematics blog.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Electric Vehicle Range

Electric vehicle range

With improved battery technology, electric vehicles (EV) can travel further on a single charge than ever before. With the continued increase in charging infrastructure electric vehicle adoption is becoming a more viable option for fleets looking to transition to electric. However, for many EV owners and potential EV customers, range anxiety has been a common issue and one of the biggest potential stumbling block to EV adoption. There are many things EV drivers can do to improve the range of their electric vehicles. Here are our 6 tips for extending your electric vehicle range .

1. Slow down and stop speeding

Firstly, one of the biggest killers to EV range is speeding. Simply, the faster you drive, the more energy you’ll use from the battery. If you want to improve your electric vehicles range, slow down whilst driving and don’t be heavy footed on the accelerator. The optimal speed for an electric vehicle is below 56mph. So, when driving on a motorway, driving below the motorway speed limit will result in significantly improved range, fewer stops for charging and avoid speeding fines. Working with our EV customers, their fleet can now travel three times as far using the same amount of energy.

2. Maximise regenerative braking

One of the best features about driving an electric vehicle is regenerative (re-gen) braking. Simply put, re-gen in an electric vehicle sends energy back to the battery every time you lift your foot off the accelerator. While the energy returned to the battery is small each time, it really does add up to more miles, leveraging the re-generative braking system effectively, especially around town, can add a considerable number of miles to the range of the EV. The additional bonus of utilising regenerative braking on an electric vehicle is the brakes in the vehicle can last significantly longer as the traditional friction brake isn’t being used as often.

3. Smooth acceleration

Harsh acceleration will drain your electric car battery and range at a much quicker rate. It might be tempting to exploit an EV’s instant torque when taking off at a traffic light, but this will come at a cost of reduced range. Smoothly accelerating from a standing start will maximise vehicle range, savings battery energy and reduce the number of stops required to charge the vehicle.

4. Efficient route planning

Whilst driving style plays an important role in getting the most out of your electric vehicles range, other factors such as efficient route planning can also affect an electric vehicles range. Avoiding high-speed routes such as motorway and dual carriageways are another way to extend an EV’s range. However, some journeys may require motorway driving so we would recommend correcting your driving style to ensure you maximise EV range whilst on high-speed routes. Route planning solutions like Maxoptra will find the best energy saving routes, maximising your electric vehicles range, and avoiding needless stops for charging.

5. Pre-condition the vehicle

Another way to maximise EV range is to pre-condition the vehicle to avoid using the air con or heating whilst driving. Using the climate control features whilst driving an EV will put a drain on battery power. Therefore, limiting the use of the air-conditioning and heating features in an electric vehicle will reduce the energy used and subsequently increase the vehicles range capacity. Pre-conditioning the vehicle whilst it is on charge will maximise the vehicles energy consumption and EV range further.

6. Stay on top of tyre management

Tyre management can play a vital role in maximising your EV range. To ensure your vehicle is getting the most range possible, make sure that your tyres are properly inflated as close to the manufacturer’s specification as possible (this is usually found on a sticker fixed to the inside of the driver’s side door frame). Whenever your electric vehicles tyres are underinflated not only will EV range decrease but can lead to uneven and early tread wear. Electric vehicles require specific tyres due to the additional weight and instant torque to withstand. Therefore, when replacing EV tyres, make sure to replace them with models designed specifically for electric vehicles.

With these tips we hope to reduce your range anxiety and show that electric vehicles can meet your range expectations. When driven correctly and efficiently electric vehicles can fulfil fleets requirements. Continue to monitor your electric fleets range capabilities with Geotab’s detailed electric vehicle reports, as seen below.

Geotab electric economy report

 

Want to continue learning about electric vehicles, read our latest EV telematics blog.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Electric Vehicle Range

Electric vehicle range

With improved battery technology, electric vehicles (EV) can travel further on a single charge than ever before. With the continued increase in charging infrastructure electric vehicle adoption is becoming a more viable option for fleets looking to transition to electric. However, for many EV owners and potential EV customers, range anxiety has been a common issue and one of the biggest potential stumbling block to EV adoption. There are many things EV drivers can do to improve the range of their electric vehicles. Here are our 6 tips for extending your electric vehicle range .

1. Slow down and stop speeding

Firstly, one of the biggest killers to EV range is speeding. Simply, the faster you drive, the more energy you’ll use from the battery. If you want to improve your electric vehicles range, slow down whilst driving and don’t be heavy footed on the accelerator. The optimal speed for an electric vehicle is below 56mph. So, when driving on a motorway, driving below the motorway speed limit will result in significantly improved range, fewer stops for charging and avoid speeding fines. Working with our EV customers, their fleet can now travel three times as far using the same amount of energy.

2. Maximise regenerative braking

One of the best features about driving an electric vehicle is regenerative (re-gen) braking. Simply put, re-gen in an electric vehicle sends energy back to the battery every time you lift your foot off the accelerator. While the energy returned to the battery is small each time, it really does add up to more miles, leveraging the re-generative braking system effectively, especially around town, can add a considerable number of miles to the range of the EV. The additional bonus of utilising regenerative braking on an electric vehicle is the brakes in the vehicle can last significantly longer as the traditional friction brake isn’t being used as often.

3. Smooth acceleration

Harsh acceleration will drain your electric car battery and range at a much quicker rate. It might be tempting to exploit an EV’s instant torque when taking off at a traffic light, but this will come at a cost of reduced range. Smoothly accelerating from a standing start will maximise vehicle range, savings battery energy and reduce the number of stops required to charge the vehicle.

4. Efficient route planning

Whilst driving style plays an important role in getting the most out of your electric vehicles range, other factors such as efficient route planning can also affect an electric vehicles range. Avoiding high-speed routes such as motorway and dual carriageways are another way to extend an EV’s range. However, some journeys may require motorway driving so we would recommend correcting your driving style to ensure you maximise EV range whilst on high-speed routes. Route planning solutions like Maxoptra will find the best energy saving routes, maximising your electric vehicles range, and avoiding needless stops for charging.

5. Pre-condition the vehicle

Another way to maximise EV range is to pre-condition the vehicle to avoid using the air con or heating whilst driving. Using the climate control features whilst driving an EV will put a drain on battery power. Therefore, limiting the use of the air-conditioning and heating features in an electric vehicle will reduce the energy used and subsequently increase the vehicles range capacity. Pre-conditioning the vehicle whilst it is on charge will maximise the vehicles energy consumption and EV range further.

6. Stay on top of tyre management

Tyre management can play a vital role in maximising your EV range. To ensure your vehicle is getting the most range possible, make sure that your tyres are properly inflated as close to the manufacturer’s specification as possible (this is usually found on a sticker fixed to the inside of the driver’s side door frame). Whenever your electric vehicles tyres are underinflated not only will EV range decrease but can lead to uneven and early tread wear. Electric vehicles require specific tyres due to the additional weight and instant torque to withstand. Therefore, when replacing EV tyres, make sure to replace them with models designed specifically for electric vehicles.

With these tips we hope to reduce your range anxiety and show that electric vehicles can meet your range expectations. When driven correctly and efficiently electric vehicles can fulfil fleets requirements. Continue to monitor your electric fleets range capabilities with Geotab’s detailed electric vehicle reports, as seen below.

Geotab electric economy report

 

Want to continue learning about electric vehicles, read our latest EV telematics blog.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Electric Vehicle Range

Electric vehicle range

With improved battery technology, electric vehicles (EV) can travel further on a single charge than ever before. With the continued increase in charging infrastructure electric vehicle adoption is becoming a more viable option for fleets looking to transition to electric. However, for many EV owners and potential EV customers, range anxiety has been a common issue and one of the biggest potential stumbling block to EV adoption. There are many things EV drivers can do to improve the range of their electric vehicles. Here are our 6 tips for extending your electric vehicle range .

1. Slow down and stop speeding

Firstly, one of the biggest killers to EV range is speeding. Simply, the faster you drive, the more energy you’ll use from the battery. If you want to improve your electric vehicles range, slow down whilst driving and don’t be heavy footed on the accelerator. The optimal speed for an electric vehicle is below 56mph. So, when driving on a motorway, driving below the motorway speed limit will result in significantly improved range, fewer stops for charging and avoid speeding fines. Working with our EV customers, their fleet can now travel three times as far using the same amount of energy.

2. Maximise regenerative braking

One of the best features about driving an electric vehicle is regenerative (re-gen) braking. Simply put, re-gen in an electric vehicle sends energy back to the battery every time you lift your foot off the accelerator. While the energy returned to the battery is small each time, it really does add up to more miles, leveraging the re-generative braking system effectively, especially around town, can add a considerable number of miles to the range of the EV. The additional bonus of utilising regenerative braking on an electric vehicle is the brakes in the vehicle can last significantly longer as the traditional friction brake isn’t being used as often.

3. Smooth acceleration

Harsh acceleration will drain your electric car battery and range at a much quicker rate. It might be tempting to exploit an EV’s instant torque when taking off at a traffic light, but this will come at a cost of reduced range. Smoothly accelerating from a standing start will maximise vehicle range, savings battery energy and reduce the number of stops required to charge the vehicle.

4. Efficient route planning

Whilst driving style plays an important role in getting the most out of your electric vehicles range, other factors such as efficient route planning can also affect an electric vehicles range. Avoiding high-speed routes such as motorway and dual carriageways are another way to extend an EV’s range. However, some journeys may require motorway driving so we would recommend correcting your driving style to ensure you maximise EV range whilst on high-speed routes. Route planning solutions like Maxoptra will find the best energy saving routes, maximising your electric vehicles range, and avoiding needless stops for charging.

5. Pre-condition the vehicle

Another way to maximise EV range is to pre-condition the vehicle to avoid using the air con or heating whilst driving. Using the climate control features whilst driving an EV will put a drain on battery power. Therefore, limiting the use of the air-conditioning and heating features in an electric vehicle will reduce the energy used and subsequently increase the vehicles range capacity. Pre-conditioning the vehicle whilst it is on charge will maximise the vehicles energy consumption and EV range further.

6. Stay on top of tyre management

Tyre management can play a vital role in maximising your EV range. To ensure your vehicle is getting the most range possible, make sure that your tyres are properly inflated as close to the manufacturer’s specification as possible (this is usually found on a sticker fixed to the inside of the driver’s side door frame). Whenever your electric vehicles tyres are underinflated not only will EV range decrease but can lead to uneven and early tread wear. Electric vehicles require specific tyres due to the additional weight and instant torque to withstand. Therefore, when replacing EV tyres, make sure to replace them with models designed specifically for electric vehicles.

With these tips we hope to reduce your range anxiety and show that electric vehicles can meet your range expectations. When driven correctly and efficiently electric vehicles can fulfil fleets requirements. Continue to monitor your electric fleets range capabilities with Geotab’s detailed electric vehicle reports, as seen below.

Geotab electric economy report

 

Want to continue learning about electric vehicles, read our latest EV telematics blog.

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