Did you know that monitoring your Electric Vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) with Fleetsmart’s Electric Vehicle Tracking Solutions has a number of benefits for your business? Keep reading to find out how you could save significant amounts of time and money, boost productivity, improve driver behaviour and better customer relations through EV tracking.
There are a great range of advantages that come with tracking your electric fleet vehicles. The first is being able to have a full picture of your fleet from anywhere, at any time on almost any device. Our vehicle tracking devices provide you with live updates every single minute, Google mapping with satellite images and street view, meaning you can get an accurate location of any one of your vehicles at just the click of a button.
Being able to see the location and status of your vehicles at all times allows you to plan and utilise them better to maximise productivity and reduce wasted time.
As the software is entirely web-based, there is no software to install, you can access the system from any of the following devices: PC, Laptop, Apple Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android phone, Android Tablet so long as you have a solid internet connection. In the unlikely event you don’t have access to the tracking software from your device, you can receive email and SMS alerts about your vehicles so you can stay in the loop no matter what.
With Fleetsmart’s Electric Vehicle tracking system, you can receive detailed vehicle reports about your fleet’s activities, including data on individual vehicles such as:
This type of data can be invaluable for a fleet manager, allowing you to monitor driving style, hours of use and routes taken.
Features of the report such as Vehicle Activity include information about when a vehicle stops and starts, idling, overspeeding and when a driver is too harsh with the brake and accelerator pedals. This data is important as driving style can significantly impact petrol or diesel consumption. Despite using electricity to power your vehicles for the majority of the time, if the electricity runs out on a PHEV and the car uses its fuel backup, you’ll want to keep fuel consumption to a minimum in order to save money and reduce your carbon emissions.
Additionally, ensuring your fleet operates productively is an essential part of fleet management as an unproductive fleet can cost your business time and money that adds up in the long run. Features of vehicle tracking such as Detailed Journey History, Advanced Mapping, and Driver Summary allow for productivity improvements.
Advanced Mapping enables specific journey plotting on a map, ensuring drivers are taking the quickest routes possible. Live updates also allow you to reroute a driver if they become lost or approach heavy traffic — saving both fuel and time.
Not only can you increase the productivity of drivers, but you can also save time by reducing the numerous tedious administration tasks such as filling out timesheets. Fleetsmart’s Detailed Journey History provides data on drivers’ start and stop times, telling you the time they start and finish driving at the end of the day.
GPS tracking fleet management systems can also benefit your customers. Those who have implemented a tracking device within their business fleet have reported increased customer satisfaction thanks to GPS tracking allowing you to give your customers more accurate information relating to driver arrival time. This improves the service you provide, helping you to retain customers.
Most insurers will offer a discount on premiums for vehicles equipped with tracking devices that report to a secure cloud-based data centre environment such as Fleetsmart’s. It is therefore worth checking with your insurer to see if any discounts are available as you could end up saving lots of money.
In Greater Manchester alone, more than £6.6 million worth of cars were stolen between June and August 2020 and unfortunately, over 800 vehicles were unable to be recovered. Whilst vehicle theft is so rife, you need to implement measures to protect your fleet vehicles from being stolen as the loss of a vehicle can have a significant impact on your business both financially and productively.
Fortunately, vehicle trackers are excellent at preventing theft and aiding recovery of vehicles which do end up getting stolen. Our optional remote immobilisation tool allows you to disable your vehicle from working, preventing the wrong person from turning on the ignition and setting off with your vehicle.
Even if a daring thief decides to take their chances, our geo-fence alerts can send you a notification when a vehicle exits or enters a location it shouldn’t between specific times. This comes in useful for ensuring your vehicles aren’t being taken from your warehouse after working hours.
If a thief somehow manages to take your vehicle, with such accurate GPS tracking software you should be able to track them down in a matter of seconds and alert the police of the vehicle’s location to be recovered.
If you’re looking to implement tracking for your electric fleet vehicles, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Fleetsmart who will be happy to assist you.