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Driver risk management and cost considerations for EV fleet operators

Speaker: James Dewhurst, Sales Director UKI, Webfleet

Fleet operators are moving quickly to electrify their fleets before the ban on sales of new ICE-powered vehicles comes into force. There has been a transition to hybrid and then fully-electric cars taking place over several years but the move to electric vans started later and presents different challenges to operators.

While most operators will have probably given serious thought to the procurement and maintenance side of electric vehicles, have they given enough thought to the driver risk management and charging costs of running electric vehicles?

Electric vehicles are much more powerful than conventionally-engined vehicles, and there are important driver attitude characteristics that need to be taken into account which could differ significantly between car and van drivers.

A poorly managed fuel strategy for petrol/diesel vehicles could add 15-20% to your fuel bill, however, a poorly managed charging strategy for your EVs could quadruple your costs! Plus, it could cause unnecessary additional stress for your drivers and reduce battery life.

About James Dewhurst

James has over a decade’s worth of experience in connected vehicles and telematics data. Over this time James has witnessed the established rollout of advanced telematics safety solutions to the industry.

Now, as we enter a new era of Telematics - where Connected, Electric and Autonomous vehicles will come into play, James leads the Webfleet UKI sales team from Bridgestone Mobility Solutions in the delivery of data-driven insights that will make customer’s fleets safer, more sustainable and highly productive for our dynamic new world.

James has a young family & is passionate about the environment, he is very much driven by sustainability to improve the future for them and can often be found campaigning for more sustainable methods of transport or better use of technology. Safety is vitally important here because safety and sustainability are so intrinsically linked.


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