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FLEET SOFTWARE MONTH: How the latest solutions are driving efficiencies across multiple sectors

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Specialist fleet management software solutions offer a comprehensive suite of tools to optimise vehicle operations, reduce costs, and improve driver safety – benefits that translate seamlessly across private and public sectors. Let’s explore how fleet management software can be deployed and leveraged to achieve optimal results…

Private Sector Applications

  • Delivery and Logistics Companies: Real-time vehicle tracking allows dispatchers to monitor driver location and optimise delivery routes, ensuring timely deliveries and efficient route planning. Data on fuel consumption and driver behaviour can be used to identify areas for improvement and reduce overall operating costs.
  • Construction and Trade Businesses: Scheduling tools can optimise technician dispatch by automatically assigning the closest available vehicle to each job location. The software can also streamline maintenance management by sending automated alerts for upcoming service intervals and managing spare parts inventory.
  • Rental Car Companies: Software can automate vehicle assignment and rental agreements, streamlining the customer experience. Real-time GPS tracking allows for precise vehicle location and recovery in case of theft, minimising downtime and financial losses.

Public Sector Applications

  • Emergency Services: Real-time vehicle tracking and dispatch software can ensure emergency vehicles reach critical incidents efficiently. Communication features allow for better coordination between multiple responders, potentially saving lives. Data on driver behaviour can be used to identify areas for improvement in safe driving practices.
  • Local Authorities: Fleet management software can be used to track and manage vehicles used by council workers for tasks like waste collection, street cleaning, and park maintenance. Optimised routing reduces fuel consumption and emissions, contributing to sustainability goals. The software can also track working hours and ensure vehicles are used efficiently.
  • Public Transport Authorities: Bus and tram operators can utilize software to monitor vehicle locations and arrival times, providing real-time passenger information and improving service reliability. Automated maintenance scheduling ensures vehicles are kept in top condition, minimising breakdowns and service disruptions.

Leveraging the Power of Data

Modern fleet management software goes beyond simple tracking. Here’s how data analysis empowers fleet managers:

  • Fuel Efficiency Monitoring: Identify routes with excessive fuel consumption and encourage fuel-saving practices amongst drivers.
  • Predictive Maintenance: Schedule maintenance based on actual vehicle usage and data from onboard diagnostics, preventing breakdowns and extending vehicle lifespan.
  • Driver Behaviour Analysis: Identify areas for improvement in driver behaviour, such as harsh braking or speeding, to promote road safety and reduce insurance costs.

The Future of Fleet Management

The future of fleet management software is brimming with possibilities:

  • Integration with Telematics and AI: Advanced telematics data and artificial intelligence (AI) will provide deeper insights into driver behaviour and vehicle performance, leading to further efficiency gains and predictive maintenance enhancements.
  • The Rise of Connected Vehicles: As vehicles become increasingly connected, fleet management software will integrate seamlessly with in-car systems, providing real-time data on everything from tyre pressure to engine diagnostics.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Software will be used to monitor emissions data and optimise routes to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 footprint, aligning with environmental sustainability goals.

Steering Towards Efficiency

Specialist fleet management software is no longer a luxury, but an essential tool for fleet managers in both private and public sectors. By leveraging real-time tracking, data analysis, and advanced features, fleet managers can optimise operations, reduce costs, improve driver safety, and contribute to sustainability goals. As technology evolves, so too will fleet management software, offering even greater control and efficiency for managing vehicles on the road.

Remember, in today’s competitive environment, efficiency is paramount. Fleet management software empowers businesses and public institutions to get the most out of their fleets, ensuring smooth operations and a safer driving experience for all.

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THE WHICH EV VIEW: Top 10 Budget Bargains

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By WhichEV

In the ever-evolving landscape of electric vehicles (EVs), finding the right balance between cost and technology is crucial for consumers looking to make the switch from traditional petrol or diesel cars. This month, amidst a dynamic shift in the EV market, notable price adjustments by leading manufacturers have unveiled some remarkable opportunities for savvy buyers.

At WhichEV, our latest feature, “Top 10 EV Budget Bargains for April 2024,” highlights the best deals currently available, providing our readers with a detailed analysis and guide to making an informed choice without compromising on quality or future-readiness.

The list of top bargains reflects a broad range of models, catering to diverse preferences and needs.

From compact city cars like the Vauxhall Corsa-e priced at an attractive £18,495 (which represents close to £13,000 off the MSRP) through to more spacious offerings such as the Citroen e-C4 X at £25,000(around £10,000 off MSRP), these deals represent a strategic move by manufacturers to make electric driving more accessible to a wider audience.

Click here to read the full story over at WhichEV.

SMMT calls for new incentive plan to grow UK’s zero emission truck fleet

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The UK Government should reform its ‘dated’ Plug-in Truck Grant to reflect the progress made by the sector in developing new zero emission truck technology and help cut CO2 by 18.8 million tonnes a year, according to calls from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The SMMT cites ONS data that shows that following billions in investment from manufacturers, there are now 27 models of zero emission trucks available to UK operators with many more to come, based on its own registration data.

While the Plug-in Truck Grant, introduced in 2016, seeks to help operators switch from conventionally fuelled heavy commercial vehicles to zero emission alternatives, models can only be eligible after undertaking an approval process that takes around two years. The SMMT says that as a result, less than half (10) ZEV truck models on the market today are currently eligible for grants.

Given new truck purchases are critical long-term investments for hauliers operating with tight margins, transitioning to zero emission operations requires commercial benefit and operator confidence. Zero emission trucks are currently more expensive to manufacture so grants are essential if operators are to benefit from the many advantages, including potentially lower running costs, quieter operations and more positive public perception.

While 2024 saw a record number of new zero emission trucks registered, there are still just 327 vehicles in operation – meaning drivers are more likely to encounter a pink van (564 on the road) than a plug-in truck. These trucks already meet a wide range of business needs – with vehicles up to 44 tonnes and ranges of up to 311 miles – but fleets need a ‘next generation’ incentive scheme which makes it much easier for new zero emission trucks to qualify, plus a dedicated national infrastructure plan to power Britain’s road haulage fleet.

Hauliers who have already committed to fleet carbon reduction must then install depot charging or refuelling – a significant additional, but essential, cost – to ensure they can use their zero emission vehicles as easily and flexibly as their business requires. However, HGV operators do not have the same access to infrastructure installation support as other sectors, and even those who have the resources to invest in depot chargepoints face additional hurdles in terms of grid connectivity and local planning constraints. The challenge continues once out on the road as there is currently just one HGV-dedicated public charge location in the whole country, on the M61 Southbound at Rivington – preventing longer distance operators from going green.

Given truck decarbonisation is essential to the UK’s 2035 net zero targets and with the end of sale of new non-zero emission HGVs weighing less than 26 tonnes coming at the same time as the car and van sectors, urgent action is needed to create the right conditions to allow hauliers to plan their net zero investments.

Operators need to see a nationally consistent, locally delivered plan for charging infrastructure, the provision of genuinely compelling incentives for vehicle purchases, as well as support for depot investment. A national plan must also reform planning laws to speed up grid connectivity at depot sites, while ramping up the provision of HGV-dedicated public charging infrastructure to make the transition fair and accessible for all operators.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “2023 was the best year ever for zero emission truck uptake but they remain a tiny fraction of the UK’s fleet. With an end of sale date of some fossil fuel HGVs starting in less than 11 years’ time – the same as cars and vans – urgent action is required. Operators facing higher capital expenditure, a paucity of dedicated charging infrastructure, planning constraints and grid delays to depot upgrades, need a next generation incentive and infrastructure strategy and planning reform if they are to invest in the greener future the country needs. Doing so would not just cut carbon and improve air quality, it would put the UK at the forefront of global road transport decarbonisation.”

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Tesla introduces new pricing structure for Supercharger network

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By WhichEV

Tesla has revised its pricing structure for its Supercharger network in the UK, introducing a new membership model that offers lower charging rates for all electric vehicle (EV) owners. The company confirmed that as of April 13th, it moved to a membership-based system, where Tesla owners are enrolled automatically.

Having lost ground to BYD in terms of pure EV sales, Tesla is now launching a marketing initiative in an area where it knows it can win – its Supercharger Network. We recently discussed product pricing with a senior member of Tesla’s management team. When we asked, “So how long before we will be able to buy a Tesla for £20-25,000?” – we got a wry smile along with the reply, there’s one over there. The Tesla chap was pointing to a two year old Model 3 Standard Range. For now, that’s all Tesla has to compete with the up-coming flood of decent quality Chinese options arriving in European markets.

For more on this story, head over to WhichEV.

Two-thirds of fleet vehicles ‘ready to go electric’

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New research has found that two-thirds of vehicles (cars and vans) operated by private and public sector organisations in the UK are ready to go electric — contrary to increasing industry and media pessimism around electric vehicle (EV) adoption.

Geotab’s  ‘Taking Charge: On the Road to an EV Future’ report analysed driver data from 1.3 million vehicles across seven countries over 12 months. It found that fleets switching to EVs could reduce 2.2 billion gallons of fuel from conventional vehicles while avoiding approximately 19 million metric tons of CO2 emissions over the next seven years.

From the analysis, the UK was also singled out as by far the most ‘EV suitable’ market in Europe. That is despite having some of the poorest national EV incentives on offer compared to the other European countries in the report. France, Germany, Italy and Spain all currently offer EV buyers up-front purchase incentives*, whereas the UK government withdrew the Plug-in Car Grant in 2022.

Geotab found that 66% of light-duty vehicles (cars and vans) in the UK are ready to go electric and, crucially, save money for the organisations running them. The UK’s EV suitability compares favourably to other markets covered in the report, which includes Canada (with an EV suitability of 50%), Spain (43%), the United States (38%), Germany (35%), Italy (28%), France (20%).

The 66% figure for the UK is based on a typical seven-year replacement cycle for a fleet vehicle. Expanding this period to 10 years would increase the percentage of fleet cars and vans in the UK ready to go electric to 73%, based on the fact that EVs have a longer usable lifespan than their petrol and diesel counterparts thanks to service, maintenance and repair (SMR) savings.

“The idea that the UK is not ready for mass EV adoption is a fallacy,” said David Savage, Vice President for the UK and Ireland at Geotab. “On the contrary, it’s time for British businesses to ‘double down’ on fleet electrification – not just for the good of the environment and our collective climate goals but for their bottom line. A visionary CEO of a business operating a vehicle fleet could effectively pay their own salary by going electric, thanks to EVs’ financial savings.”

The Taking Charge study delves into real-world telematics data to understand the feasibility of transitioning from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to EVs within light-duty fleets, and the potential financial and CO2 savings available.

The report reveals that by going electric, British private and public sector organisations could reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) per vehicle by £13,279 over a seven-year period, equating to a saving of £876,414 on a large fleet of 100 vehicles.

These numbers were calculated using Geotab’s proven EV Suitability Assessment (EVSA) tool, which helps fleets transition to electric vehicles. EVSA uses telematics data to understand a fleet’s specific needs to make a tailored EV adoption recommendation. It maps the fleet’s driving patterns against real-world EV performance metrics to pinpoint which fleet vehicles can be replaced with an EV available in that market. The tool also provides a forecast of the financial savings and environmental benefits of making the switch, taking into consideration the purchase price along with fuel and maintenance costs.

When evaluating the suitability of replacing an ICE vehicle with an EV, Geotab looks at two essential factors: Is there a range-capable electric model that can meet the existing daily driving requirements and does it make economic sense to make the switch?  Driving patterns can have a major impact on fleet electrification potential as they determine whether a suitable replacement vehicle is available that satisfies the vehicle’s range needs while saving money.

For a replacement to be considered range-capable, it needs to be able to drive 98% of the days that year on a single charge. This 2% margin allows outlier days to exclude abnormal driving distance days outside of standard usage. For it to be considered suitable, the EV would have to be both range-capable and economical, i.e. have a TCO that is lesser or equal to a new replacement ICE model.

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FLEET SOFTWARE MONTH: From Paper Maps to Predictive Maintenance – How fleet software has evolved…

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For decades, fleet managers relied on clipboards, spreadsheets, and a healthy dose of guesswork to keep their vehicles humming. But the times they are a-changin’. Fleet management software (FMS) has emerged as a game-changer, transforming the way businesses manage their mobile assets and optimise operational efficiency. Here’s how…

The Efficiency Revolution:

FMS offers a centralised platform for managing everything from vehicle location and fuel consumption to driver behaviour and maintenance schedules. This translates to several key benefits:

  • Optimised Routing and Scheduling: Gone are the days of inefficient routes and wasted miles. FMS helps plan fuel-efficient journeys, factoring in traffic conditions and real-time updates. This minimises journey times and driver fatigue.
  • Reduced Fuel Costs: FMS provides detailed fuel usage reports, helping identify areas for improvement. Features like fuel card integration and idle time monitoring can lead to significant cost savings.
  • Improved Maintenance Management: FMS helps manage preventive maintenance schedules, ensuring vehicles are serviced on time, preventing costly breakdowns, and extending vehicle lifespan.
  • Enhanced Driver Behaviour: Telematics data from FMS can reveal harsh braking, speeding, and other risky driving behaviours. This allows for targeted driver coaching, promoting a safer and more fuel-efficient driving style.
  • Real-Time Visibility: FMS offers real-time tracking of vehicles, allowing managers to monitor their location, speed, and overall performance. This improves communication with drivers and provides valuable insights for route optimisation.

The Future of Fleet Management in the UK:

The FMS landscape in the UK is constantly evolving, with exciting trends shaping the future:

  • Connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT): The rise of connected vehicles and IoT sensors will provide even richer data streams for FMS, enabling predictive maintenance and real-time fault detection.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML): AI and ML will be used to analyse FMS data, identify patterns, and predict potential issues. This allows for proactive maintenance and preventative actions, minimising downtime and optimising resource allocation.
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) Integration: As electric vehicles become more prevalent, FMS will need to adapt to manage charging schedules, optimise battery range, and integrate seamlessly with charging infrastructure.
  • Focus on Sustainability: FMS will play a crucial role in promoting sustainable practices in fleet management. By optimising routes and monitoring fuel consumption, businesses can reduce their carbon footprint.

The Final Gear:

Fleet management software has transformed the way UK businesses operate their fleets. By leveraging data, automation, and advanced analytics, FMS empowers managers to make informed decisions, optimise resource allocation, and achieve greater operational efficiency. As technology continues to evolve, we can expect even more innovative solutions that will further revolutionise the future of fleet management. Remember, in today’s competitive landscape, efficiency is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. FMS is a powerful tool that helps businesses stay ahead of the curve and ensure their fleets operate at peak performance.

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If you specialise in Fleet Management Software we want to hear from you!

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Each month on Fleet Management Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the fleet market – and in May we’ll be focussing on Fleet Management Software solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help fleet buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a supplier of Fleet Management Software and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Nick Stannard on 01992 374092 / n.stannard@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our features list in full:

May 24 – Fleet Management Software
Jun 24 – Telematics/Tracking
Jul 24 – Contract Hire & Leasing
Aug 24 – LPG/Alternative Fuel & Fuel Management
Sept 24 – EV Charging & Infrastructure
Oct 24 – Duty of Care
Nov 24 – Grey Fleet
Dec 24 – Service, Maintenance & Repair
Jan 25 – Electric & Hybrid Vehicles
Feb 25 – Security & Dash Cams
Mar 25 – Driver Training
Apr 25 – Risk Management

VIDEO: Here’s what to expect at June’s Fleet Summit

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There are still free delegate passes available for you to attend the Fleet Summit in June – Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to meet the industry’s best suppliers in one place!

3rd & 4th June 2024 – Hilton, Manchester Deansgate

Your free pass will include: short meetings with various suppliers, numerous networking opportunities, a buffet lunch, refreshments throughout, a seat at educational seminars, overnight accommodation and a gala dinner with entertainment.

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LEVC looks to offset PiTG with new TX finance offer

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LEVC has unveiled a new finance deposit contribution for its TX taxi, which is says fully offsets the recent reduction in the Plug-in Taxi Grant (PiTG).

Making a £1,500 deposit contribution available for an initial period on all new TX taxi models across all finance types offered by LEVC Financial Services with zero customer deposit and at a subsidised finance rate of 10.51% APR representative, the new campaign offsets the PiTG reduction, which was reduced from £7,500 to £6,000 at the start of the month.

Launched in 2018, more than half of London’s entire black cab fleet now zero-emission capable, with the TX also on sale in over 25 countries across the globe, playing a vital role in offering clean green, and accessible urban mobility.

The new finance offer follows LEVC’s recent announcement regarding its new pure electric vehicle technology, which it says will transform the brand from a high-end taxi manufacturer to a leading provider of zero emission e-mobility solutions. LEVC claims its Space Oriented Architecture (SOA) is the world’s first EV platform focused on setting new standards for onboard space.

The copay says the architecture will bring interior-optimised, zero-emission mobility to more consumers than ever before, while enabling LEVC to enter new sectors, outside of its existing models.

As the UK’s electric TX fleet increases, LEVC says so does the positive contribution this purpose-built vehicle is making to cities. Powered by its eCity technology, LEVC’s electric TX taxi has travelled more than 780 million miles globally and it claims has prevented more than 240,000 tonnes of harmful CO2 emissions from entering the world’s atmosphere.

Chris Allen, Managing Director, LEVC, said: “Demand for our award-winning TX continues to accelerate, but with the recent £1,500 reduction in the PiTG coupled with currently high national interest rates, drivers need support to continue their transition into new, green taxis. LEVC recognises this and it’s why we’re making this new contribution and subsidised APR finance offer available, initially bridging the gap for our customers. Looking ahead, LEVC will continue to work closely with government to provide long term support to the trade, including provisions beyond the current one-year PiTG extension.”

THE WHICHEV VIEW: UK car market sees notable growth according to the SMMT

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By WhichEV

The UK’s new car market recorded a significant upturn, marking its 20th consecutive month of growth, with new car registrations climbing by 10.4%. This surge resulted in 317,786 new cars being registered, all sporting the new ’24’ numberplate, indicating the strongest March since 2019. However, this achievement still trails behind the pre-pandemic figures by 30.6%.

This period of growth predominantly stems from fleet investments, which saw a 29.6% increase. Despite this positive trend, the sector faces challenges with a downturn in private buyer registrations by 7.7%, affected by the prevailing economic difficulties, low consumer confidence, and heightened interest rates. Additionally, small business registrations experienced a decline of 8.0%.

Although petrol cars still sell and diesel continues to dwindle, there was a noteworthy surge in the registration of  vehicles with an electric motor – led by hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) registrations, which hit a record 19.6% increase, totalling 44,550 units or 14.0% of the market share.

Click here to read the full analysis over at WhichEV.