Challenges to Anticipate During Your Alternative Energy Transition
Every significant shift comes with challenges, and transitioning to an alternative energy fleet is no exception. However, with foresight, preparation, and an understanding of potential pitfalls, businesses can navigate these challenges effectively and maximize the benefits of their transitioned fleet.
A shift from internal combustion to alternative energy means drivers must familiarise themselves with new ways to effectively operate vehicles. This goes beyond the act of driving itself, understanding the vehicle's range, charging or fueling protocols, and safety measures are all crucial. A well-trained driver can ensure that a vehicle's capabilities are fully utilised and business should consider running ongoing employee training as technology evolves and necessitates further support.
Range Anxiety & Energy Availability
Whether you’re planning a transition to EV, H2 or CNG, sharing infrastructure plans with your drivers is a key part in building confidence in the transition. With range anxiety still a concern and the limited availability of H2 and CNG fueling stations, it is important that your team believe their working lives won’t be disrupted, making clear communication a key part of your transition plan.
When it comes to maintenance, alternative energy vehicles have different schedules and considerations, and it is important that maintenance plans are aligned to maximise the positive impact of transitioning. This is especially true with EV and H2 vehicles, with both having fewer moving parts than internal combustion counterparts, reducing the risk of mechanical failures. By transitioning to EVs or H2 vehicles, businesses can expect a noticeable decrease in maintenance intervals and associated costs, ensuring more efficient operations and decreased vehicle downtime.