Fleet Logistics launches new EV driver profiling tool

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Fleet Logistics UK has introduced a new driver profiling tool to help firms make the transition to electric vehicles.

Sue Branston, country head of Fleet Logistics UK and Ireland

The business, the UK arm of Fleet Logistics Group, says that fleets should grasp the EV opportunity now, as tax incentives, government vehicle and charge point funding, and a fast-expanding range of models bring optimum timing for the switch.

Its new driver profiling tool provides a starting point for fleets to assess which drivers would be most suitable to move to an EV, based on both working and personal circumstances.

The tool runs drivers through a series of questions to identify their priorities; from the need for business travel and the number of business miles being driven, to the types of journeys, accessibility to charge points and feasibility to use the public charging network.

Based on the answers given, the new tool guides the driver to the optimal vehicle choice: electric, plug-in hybrid or, in some cases, remaining with traditional internal combustion engines (ICE) for now.

The new decision tree has been embedded into Fleet Logistics’ car configurator tool, Fleet.Wizard, which provides details of all the available options under a company’s corporate fleet policy, including clear, up-front information on financial components such as specific driver contributions or deductions and any budgetary constraints.

Sue Branston, country head of Fleet Logistics UK and Ireland, said: “Selecting the correct vehicles for your fleet is a paramount in the success of any EV change or pilot programme.

“Firstly, part of the review is to discuss with your chosen vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to test their products in real-world scenarios. A review may be required to consider manufacturers outside of your current policy with a view to assess their suitability and sustainability versus the need in the new normal.

“This can be done by benchmarking or an RFP (request for proposal) to determine available bonuses and any additional dealer discounts on top of the manufacturer discount percentage.

“It may also be relevant to review the acquisition method and maintenance approach for some fleet operators that have not considered this for a while,” added Branston.

Madelaine Webster, from Global Mobility Solutions at Fleet Logistics, added: “In the main, the perceived obstacles to electrification can be overcome. Our specialists help businesses roadmap, review policy and procure vehicles at the right pace. If in doubt, ask experts for help, as it is the time to start the process.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.