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More sophisticated EV evaluation tools ‘sorely needed’, says FleetCheck

Evaluation tools could become central to fleet EV adoption but more sophisticated technologies are desperately needed, according to FleetCheck.

FleetCheck says the three different battery packs being offered for the VW ID.3 will require fleets to have much deeper insight into drivers’ journey patterns

Peter Golding, managing director at the fleet software specialist, says that some quite rudimentary products are already available but that they need to become much more thorough and accurate to help speed up acceptance.

He said: “We hope to soon see assessment products that, for example, will incorporate telematics data from individual driver journey patterns over time that can tell them whether a specific EV with a certain range is likely to meet their requirements. It might even do this using information about the geographical distribution of specific charging points.

“Our view of the EV situation is that it is all about making adoption as easy as possible, so technology of this kind should be a definite priority. Really, all a driver or a fleet manager wants is a yes or no answer to the question of whether a specific EV will work for them.”

He added that the increasing availability of mainstream EV models that offered a variety of price and range options would only add to the demand for these kinds of tools.

“The forthcoming Volkswagen ID.3, as an example, will be available with three different battery packs of 45, 58 and 77kWh, offering different ranges of between 205 and 342 miles.

“In some respects, this is nothing new. Most EVs available to fleets so far have offered a variety of range and price options but, to date, this has had a limited impact because there have simply been very low numbers in operation. However, vehicles such as the ID.3 look set to change that. This is a genuine mass market vehicle designed to be sold to almost any existing Golf customer.

“This means that the whole range issue comes into much sharper focus, especially related to the quite widely differing price points at which each battery option will be sold and how these will affect their presence at certain levels on choice lists.

“These are factors that fleets are going to have to learn to incorporate into their decision-making and it will probably not be that simple to achieve. Technology that makes the process easier will be essential and we are looking to support our clients in this area.”

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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.