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Black & Veatch: Insightful charging infrastructure planning critical to enabling cost-effective electric fleets

New eBook outlines eight steps to help managers select technologies, plan for power delivery and construct charging facilities

Driven largely by economics, rising air pollution from vehicle emissions and new advances in technology, transportation is transforming and becoming more sustainable, competitive and innovative. U.S. sales of passenger electric vehicles have soared in the last decade. Now, as automakers prepare for mass production of a new line-up of medium- and heavy-duty electric vans, buses, delivery trucks and semi’s, smart fleet and sustainability managers are taking notice.

“Not only does the commercial and industrial sector have a responsibility to meet tough emissions standards set by regulators, but as economics come in line, businesses that don’t electrify will find themselves at a competitive disadvantage,” said Paul Stith, Director of Strategy and Innovation for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business.

Electric fleets require well-designed power delivery and charging facilities. Planning for charging now – with the understanding that it may take up to a year or two from plan to charge – sets electrification programs up for success. Black & Veatch’s latest free electronic book, Electric Fleets, outlines eight steps to guide the process, inform scheduling and plan for optimal charging facilities.

To capitalize on the benefits of electrification, fleet and sustainability managers must navigate a new maze of technologies, infrastructure choice and supply chains. Electrification programs will be different for each organization – some may electrify entire fleets, while others may begin with a smaller trial project to demonstrate proof-of-concept.

“Insightful planning is critical to long-term program success,” said Randal Kaufman, Sales Director for Black & Veatch’s Transformative Technologies business. “A company may choose to roll out five or 10 electric vehicles to start, but thinking ahead to future charging needs will allow for scalability and resilience while minimizing total cost of ownership.”

Fleet and sustainability managers who invest in electrification roadmaps for each facility will be in the best position to capitalize on funding opportunities as these vehicles hit the market.

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