GPS Tracking for Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV)

3 Feb 2021

Many organizations are seeking new ways to reduce costs and carbon emissions at the same time. One great opportunity to do both is to combine the power of GPS tracking and battery electric vehicles (BEV) for your organization, or even yourself. Here’s what you need to know.

What are Battery Electric Vehicles?

BEVs are a type of electric vehicle that are fully-electric cars equipped with rechargeable batteries that use no gasoline. They produce zero emissions and must be charged at specific charging stations in order to operate. Most workplaces can easily install charging stations that provide capabilities to travel 75-80 miles after an eight-hour charge.

Newer BEVs can accept Level 3 charging which means they can go to dedicated EV charging stations and charge for a range of 90 miles in as few as 30 minutes. Cars that accept Level 3 charging include:

  • BMW i3
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Tesla Model 3
  • Tesla Model S
  • Chevy Spark
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Kia Soul
  • Tesla X
  • Tesla Y
  • Toyota Rav4

There are other options to consider for fast charging as well, though most businesses that operate locally will find Levels 1 and 2 sufficient for their BEVs.

How Can GPS Tracking Help with BEVs?

Despite common misconceptions, GPS tracking isn’t only about conserving fuel. While GPS tracking can certainly help organizations reduce fuel costs, that’s not the only benefit it delivers. These are a few ways that GPS tracking can specifically help your organization when you have battery electric vehicles in your fleet.

  1. Identify recharging stations throughout the city for emergency recharging needs.
  2. Monitor battery charge and send notifications when charges are getting low.
  3. Ensure drivers are following their prescribed routes and send notifications when drivers deviate.
  4. Plan routes for greater efficiency and to ensure your drivers stay within their mileage parameters.
  5. Monitor maintenance needs of vehicles and automate the process of scheduling maintenance.
  6. Manage labor costs by reducing off-books use of company time for personal errands.
  7. Report on specific driver behaviors that could have a negative impact on your organization.
  8. Provide specific GPS coordinates if employees are involved in accidents and require emergency assistance.
  9. Help you keep accurate detailed logs of driver times, activities, etc. for the purpose of record keeping, employee reviews, determination of disciplinary actions, and more.

Businesses of all sizes are making the switch to battery electric vehicles. Whatever your reason for making the switch, GPS tracking can help you manage your fleet more effectively than ever. These are just a few examples of the benefits it provides.

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