EV Transition

Use Case

Why Urban Bus Fleet Operators must ensure a smooth transition to Electric Vehicles to be future proof

Urban Bus Fleet Operators need to start planning ahead to ensure the inevitable transition to EVs (Electric Vehicles) goes smoothly and in a cost-effective manner.

Although the speed at which this transition occurs also depends on the pace at which national or regional governments are promoting policies for its deployment, planning an effective public transport EV strategy also requires for the private sector to be ready for a comprehensive approach to take full advantage of this opportunity to increase profit margins whilst supporting sustainability.

Ban on fossil fuels for 2035
by European Commission

Fleets will ultimately be responsible for implementing these plans and there is a lot to be taken into account when launching projects ofsuch complexity, involving not only which vehicles to buy but also route optimization and charging stations location, and all of this whilst adapting to specific geographic and climatic variables among others.

The execution process is time consuming and difficult to develop without the right set of data to support decision making. Having access to relevant historical vehicle data is key to know when and how to act in all these criteria, and the ability to make the right choices has a massive impact on reducing the risks of implementing such projects at scale inside the challenging deadlines imposed by public entities when launching tenders.

To achieve the electrification of public transportation under the proposed ban on fossil fuels for 2035 by the European Commission, Urban Bus Fleet Operators must act decisively to enable a smooth and safe journey towards fully electrified fleets, implementing tailored solutions optimized for the cities and routes they operate without compromising long term profitability.

Challenge

We are aware of the difficulties involving the preparations to electrify bus city routes

Most companies have never done it before and are only going to do it once. It is basically a point of no return decision because if the wrong choices are made from the start, there are very slim chances in getting back on track. There is no way back and there is little room for error.

Everything is interconnected and affects all aspects of the operation, from route lengths and duration, which buses to acquire or bus and driver schedules. The ability to answer questions like if it is possible to reduce the number of chargers by adjusting slightly the drivers schedules is key to optimise the deployment of these projects.

High quality data is key to establish priorities and plan for success

Most companies have never done it before and are only going to do it once. It is basically a point of no return decision because if the wrong choices are made from the start, there are very slim chances in getting back on track. There is no way back and there is little room for error.

Everything is interconnected and affects all aspects of the operation, from route lengths and duration, which buses to acquire or bus and driver schedules. The ability to answer questions like if it is possible to reduce the number of chargers by adjusting slightly the drivers schedules is key to optimise the deployment of these projects.

Ensure the process is profitable

Due to all the upfront costs necessary to advance with projects of this size and complexity, every aspect of such projects needs to be on point. Planning for a return on investment within acceptable time frames by ensuring the profitability of the entire operation will ultimately dictate the continuity of many of today’s companies.

The Solution

Plan ahead and minimise unnecessary risks

Going electric does not stop after the vehicles are deployed. Nor does it start with buying the vehicles. The process starts by first understanding the unique operational variables to the fullest using the current fleet as benchmark.

The next step is designing the best possible tailor made solution for the new fleet and ensuring a seamless stepwise transition in which all variables are taken into account.

Predictive Maintenance for EVs

Once the fleet is operational, Stratio ́s Predictive Maintenance solutions makes sure the fleet is meeting the expectations on uptime and vehicles are on the road as many hours per day as possible in safe conditions transporting passengers.

The System Indicator for monitoring the status of usage and performance of EV batteries of the Stratio Platform is key in this process once the project begins. It allows for the evaluation of the most important indicators for the health and good functioning of the battery packs during operation and throughout its lifecycle so that buses can be operating at their optimal point.

It constantly monitors the State of Charge and Discharge of the battery pack and allows Maintenance Teams to evaluate and optimize the cycles and the longevity of the packs according to the specificity of each operation.

Driver behaviour is key to turn a profit

The way drivers are trained to make the most of each charge in an optimal state will then also become crucial to ensure the project can turn a profit. The multibrand and agnostic Ecodriving system of the Stratio Platform takes into account all the variables a Fleet Manager needs to know to implement a fair scoring system that will extend the benefits of the EV transition project far beyond the technical aspects related to the vehicle itself.

Use Smart Maps to set up locations and manage the fleet in one single place

Tracking the vehicles in real-time for the transition period is fundamental to ensure a smooth process. With the Stratio Platform geolocation features it is possible now to do it all in one single place, not only following vehicles but also understanding the best routes and identifying the ideal charging stations location.

The size of the fleet is not a blocker to embrace change

Moving towards electrification is no longer something that only large fleets can do, quite the opposite, literally all fleets will have to move towards full electrification within the next few years to ensure its business continuity.

Smaller fleets can count on Stratio support and expertise in the field to dare to leap into the future today without the influence of larger operators, minimising risks and embracing the future.

Top Benefits

1
Gain an advantage in public tenders by having the right data to support decision-making.
2
Much larger investment than normal buses.

Operations / uptime has a greater impact than traditional fleets on the bottom line. Need to make sure you buy the best mix of vehicles for the job. I.e. you never thought about the daily range on buses before.

3
Green profile. Attractive business partner.
4
Lower noise, better ride, more attractive employer.
5
Reduce risks on high profile contracts for large cities by implementing a comprehensive approach.

Why Stratio

We support fleets end to end, from analysing data from the previous fleet to adapt for the new EV transition project to consulting on all the relevant elements that lead to assertive decisions to ensure long term profitability.

Past experience from other EV fleets is also very important by offering insights on real world consumption and degradation. This data is key to implementing successful projects and we already have all this data. We don’t guess. We know.

The Stratio Platform itself is EV ready. Not only its Predictive Maintenance alerts related to the Battery Packs are best in class worldwide, as our Ecodriving system allows for the ongoing refinement of processes leading to energy consumption, a key metric to achieve long term profitability in this kind of operation.