What Is an EV?


EV stands for electric vehicle, and includes battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). On-road EVs include cars, buses, trolleybuses and trams. Off-road EVs are found in golf carts, utility vehicles, motorcycles and scooters, industrial forklift trucks and motorized bicycles.

Unlike gasoline engines, electric motors do not require oil or transmissions, which reduce maintenance needs significantly. In addition, ev. do not produce tailpipe emissions. However, their batteries do need to be recharged, which may increase the carbon footprint of a car unless the electricity is generated with non-fossil fuel resources.

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The distance an EV can travel on a full charge depends on the model and battery type. In general, lithium-ion batteries provide the longest range. In addition, a battery’s capacity degrades over time, which decreases the vehicle’s effective driving range. Several factors affect range, such as cold weather and accessory use, so just like “your mileage may vary” for gas cars, an EV’s range will also vary.

Public charging stations are a key component to supporting EV adoption. These stations are equipped with multiple charge points that allow drivers to charge their EVs in a timely manner. They are managed by a charge point operator, which ensures that the stations are in working order and handles billing processes.

Fleet managers need to analyze the current demands and costs of their vehicles to determine which ICE vehicles are best candidates for transition to an EV. Our EV Suitability Assessment uses existing fleet telematics data to provide a detailed analysis of each vehicle’s duty cycle and range requirements, which helps ease concerns about the cost and suitability of an EV solution for your operations.