For Immediate Release
Contact: Jennifer Manfre
Sharp Rise in Fleet Plans to Purchase to Electric Vehicles, But Awareness of Optimized Charging Is Low, According to CALSTART Report
Charging as a Service (CaaS), Smart Charging and Software Solutions are Part of a Growing Toolbox
to Help EV Fleets Lower Charging Costs
(Pasadena) January X, 2022 – A new CALSTART report, “Not Just Smart: The Importance of Managed Charging” written in partnership with AMPLY Power, tracked a significant increase in the number of fleets who plan to buy an electric vehicle (EV), doubling from 21% in May 2021 to 54% in November 2021. Transitioning to EVs can lower fueling costs, making zero-emissions vehicles a value proposition. How and when fleets use their charging infrastructure can make a difference in those cost savings. The report notes that only 39% of fleets surveyed were aware of managed charging services to help keep electric fueling costs optimally low.
“Fleet outreach on the benefits of electrification is working,” said Maureen Marshall, senior director of CALSTART’s Midwest Regional Office and co-author of the report. “But fleets need more education on the options for their transition, including infrastructure and charging operations to get the full benefits of EV total cost of ownership savings.”
With managed charging, fleet owners can optimize their charging operations for more favorable pricing at specific times. The report lists various managed charging options and their definitions. It also includes a focused look at CaaS, managed charging option that is paid in a fixed amount, or subscription, rather than paying for each part of the service (infrastructure, software, electrical upgrades, and electricity) separately.
A total of 203 respondents participated in the survey to capture two snapshots of the state of the industry across the country. Participants had fleets domiciled in all 50 states and represent a wide variety of vehicle types, uses cases, and fleet sizes. Survey results and methodology are included in the report.
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