Introducing: Evolve Fleet Services (Part of Somerville Auto Group)
For Canadian businesses, efforts to incorporate more sustainable practices require a considerable amount of logistics and planning that can often take away from pressing operational tasks and, as a result, negatively affect your bottom line. For this reason, many companies opt to neglect their sustainable responsibility or, worse, resort to greenwashing.
What if we told you that your fleet is not only an excellent way to begin prioritizing eco-friendly business decisions, but it can also help you save money in the process? By moving towards an all-electric or zero-emissions fleet, you open up your business to a cost-effective solution that lets you make sustainable choices, save costs on fuel and maintenance, and receive government incentives and rebates, among other advantages. Not only that, but by working with an EV fleet management team like EVOLVE Fleet Services, you can ensure a smooth transition that allows you to focus your attention on growing your business. Read on to learn how EVOLVE can help you and your business get the most out of your EV fleet.
With zero-emission vehicles becoming more and more normalized, businesses that haven't yet made the switch for their commercial fleets may have some trouble keeping up. This transition can be something of a learning curve if the process is new. With EVOLVE Fleet Services, you now have a one-stop solution for EV fleet leasing and management services. EVOLVE provides your enterprise with turnkey solutions to help you successfully build and manage your electric vehicle fleet, whether you lease or buy. From recommendations based on real-time fleet data to tailored programs to suit your operational needs, EVOLVE allows businesses within a wide range of industries to confidently step towards a more sustainable future.
Here are just a few of the benefits and solutions EVOLVE can offer your business:
Through industry experts and data analytics, EVOLVE will provide Canadian businesses with the roadmap to effectively manage and build electric vehicle fleets.
EVOLVE utilizes technology, like fleet telematics, to pull data directly from your fleet to look at what vehicles could be replaced first based on range, maintenance or fuel costs, etc., minimizing money lost through downtime.
Our stations are part of a complete solution that includes installation, operations and maintenance support, driver support and online reporting.
We offer demo or rental electric vehicles so you can test out EVs to ensure they work for your day-to-day operations.
While the initial expenses for an electric vehicle (EV) fleet may appear steep, research indicates that, in the long run, it proves to be more cost-effective than traditional counterparts. This is primarily due to the absence of fuel expenses and the reduced need for component replacements. Moreover, the vehicle's parts tend to wear out at a slower rate, leading to significantly lower maintenance costs over its lifespan. When combined with various existing or planned EV tax incentives and purchase benefits, the overall cost of owning electric vehicles sees a substantial reduction. Furthermore, the cost per mile for electricity is typically only half of the cost of gasoline required to cover the same distance.
Zero-emission vehicles today offer reliability on par with traditional gas-powered or diesel vehicles, contingent upon the specific make and model as well as regular maintenance. In fact, they often come with fewer mechanical components that can potentially fail or wear out, such as spark plugs, valves, and drive belts, which can leave you stranded on the road. Additionally, the regenerative braking technology used to store energy puts less strain on the brake pads compared to conventional vehicles.
As for the crucial component, the battery, it typically lasts anywhere from 10 to 20 years when properly maintained. Most manufacturers provide warranties that extend for at least eight years or up to 160,000 kilometres, and these warranties can be even longer for commercial vehicles. This longevity underscores the durability and reliability of EVs in today's automotive landscape.
In order to keep your fleet working for you, the range of your zero-emissions vehicle must align with the routes your fleet needs to cover. If your requirements involve extensive distances between stops, you might encounter some limitations. The range largely depends on the battery size, but as a general guideline, most electric vehicles currently on the market should comfortably handle a round trip of approximately 240 kilometres. Therefore, if your operations are localized and don’t require frequent long-distance travel, an electric vehicle could be an ideal choice.
As with any change in fleet operations, changes in your charging infrastructure can come with significant upfront costs. Not only do these new electric vehicles require specific charging points (which are different from standard plug sockets), but you’ll also have to account for the time required for charging.
It can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours for an electric vehicle to recharge, depending on the capacity of your charging points—whereas a standard vehicle can be refuelled quickly at any standard filling station. Thankfully, EVOLVE’s partnership with ChargePoint makes access to charging solutions easier than ever!
EVOLVE Fleet Services empowers forward-thinking business owners to build a sustainable future by providing flexible and scalable electric vehicle solutions. Get in touch with our team for a list of available demo EVs, to learn how having electric vehicles in your fleet can help your company save with EV incentive programs, and for more information about EVOLVE Fleet Services.