PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: LAS' Fleet Management Service is Leading the Charge!

Posted: February 21, 2017
Tagged As: Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions, LAS Programming

Climate change is one of the hot topics of the 21st century.  On June 8, 2016, the Ontario government released its Climate Change Action Plan outlining steps that we can take to reduce emissions and combat climate change.  One of the focus areas in the Plan is that of Transportation.   According to the CCAP, this sector contributes up to 35% (2013) of Canada’s GHG emissions – that’s more than the Buildings, Electricity, and Agriculture sectors combined!  The objective in this area is to become the Canadian leader in the deployment of low-carbon and zero-emission transportation.  

This is where Ontario’s 444 municipalities can shine as leaders.  Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia are leading the Canadian marketplace when it comes to Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption.  Ontario has set a target that 5% of all new vehicles sold by 2020 will be electric.  To reach this goal requires exponential growth beyond current market trends (refer to Figure 1 below).

New EV Sales by Quarter Chart

Source: FleetCarma

Why Electrify?

Believe it or not, there are a number of great reasons to electrify your fleets.  Perhaps the best reason relates to financials.  The Ontario government subsidizes EV purchases (up to $14,000 per vehicle) and they are currently investigating ways to eliminate the HST on zero-emission vehicles.  Couple these incentives with the fact that it costs ten times more to drive a gas vehicle the same distance as an EV ($6-8/100km vs 60-80 ¢/100km), and one could easily make a strong business case. 

Let’s not forget about climate change.  Including upstream emissions, an EV emits just 8 gCO2/km vs 220 gCO2/km for a gas vehicle (Source: FleetCarma).  EVs will go a long way towards reducing harmful GHGs for future generations.  Deployed correctly, electric vehicles will save both money and emissions.
 
Many fleet managers have already started greening their fleets by right-sizing vehicles and purchasing hybrid vehicles where appropriate.  The opportunity now exists to take this concept one-step further.   This is why LAS formally launched its newest service offering two weeks ago at the ROMA conference.  Through a unique partnership with Waterloo-based tech company, FleetCarma, the LAS Fleet Management Service provides a telematics platform capable of supporting the transition to EVs with a focus on successful adoption & deployment. 

The LAS Service Offering

In a nutshell, here is how the program works:  Interested parties should contact LAS who will provide you with a Vehicle Survey.  Based on the inventory, a municipality receives a quote for the vehicle modules and telematics subscription.  Upon approval of the quote, FleetCarma sends out modules to be plugged into the OBD port of your vehicles.  These modules communicate to an online telematics system and record key data about driving habits, maintenance, and vehicle use.  

The telematics information is then modelled against the over 33 available EVs to determine which one is best suited to your fleet.  The municipality receives an Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment (EVSA) providing the business case so you know when and where to deploy electric/hybrid-electric vehicles in a reliable and cost-effective way.  The EVSA also  provides information regarding charging station technologies if you have not already installed them in your municipality. 

Many municipalities may already be using a telematics system, so this functionality may not be new.   However, the FleetCarma platform is the only one of its kind when it comes to EV tracking and operator support.  The platform also includes customized functionality to turn on/off features making it entirely customizable to your preferences.

We have negotiated significant cost savings for Ontario municipalities who subscribe to the fleet telematics platform.  Costs are tiered depending on the subscription length.  Longer subscriptions receive significant cost reductions on the vehicle module, and receive free annual EVSA report updates.

Ontario municipalities will benefit from significant cost savings under this service.  Subscriptions to the telematics platform are available from 1-5 years; longer subscriptions receive significant cost reductions on the vehicle module, and receive free annual EVSA report updates.  The bonus is that the municipality can continue using the telematics platform to monitor both their gas and electric vehicles moving forward by simply transferring the module into the replacement vehicle.

LAS encourages Ontario’s municipalities and the broader public sector to embrace the challenge to consider EV’s as a viable alternative to the current gas technology.  Feel free to reach out to an LAS staff member to start down the road to cleaner air.

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