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CleanCar to Attend Web Summit 7

CleanCar to Attend Web Summit 7

CleanCar’s B2B fleet electric mobility profiling solution up scales. This is to manage the increasing Consumer demand for personal EV suitability and cost-benefit advice.

 

*PRESS RELEASE*

Demand for a personalised, evidence-based EV suitability rating with definitive cost-benefit proof increases significantly, as Private Motorists accelerate their desire to lease or purchase comparable EV’s, switching from their current petrol/diesel make and model of choice.

Motorists can now use their own vehicle usage data to fully inform their financial decision-making in the switch to a suitable, fit for purpose electric car.

 

Web Summit 7 attendees can see first hand how, on average, motorists (in the UK at least) see around a £2,000 annual saving when making the switch to electric mobility. That’s a decent all-inclusive family vacation or pays most if not all of an average family’s yearly utility bills (including electric!).

 

You can now get an accurate steer on your suitability to switch with CleanCar’s self-service online calculator which, by answering a few simple questions, will indicate your suitability rating to change to an electric vehicle.

 

Based on your suitability rating result, you can then go on use CleanCar’s system to establish an accurate Whole Life Cost analysis comparing your existing vehicle (new model) with recommended ‘fit for purpose’ equivalent EV’s available on the market today.

 

CleanCar’s system uses either a small self-fit plug-in device or a mobile app to record journey data via GPS and then applies its algorithm’s to personalise both an accurate suitability rating as well as a detailed cost analysis called Whole life Cost. C02 & NOX emissions reductions are also calculated based on mileage data.

 

The resulting report covers off all the upfront and ongoing running costs of purchase or lease, tax, maintenance, fuel and resale value to work out a monthly or annual net cost benefit for a range of recommended EVs compared with the usage profile and costs of the current car’s new model equivalent. Oh, and it also reports when you are not suitable to switch based on the cost, range and specifications of all current EV’S on the market today, matched against the individual’s usage suitability profile and in these circumstances, CleanCar additionally recommends comparable low emission rated ICE vehicles.

 

Global EV’s sales are predicted to reach and exceed at least 40% of all new car sales in the next few years. In Europe this trend is no doubt encouraged by both National and Local transport planning trends as many cities globally are introducing low/zero emission clean air zones that restrict non-compliant vehicles in their drive to clean up air quality, save lives and improve overall health and wellbeing of its citizens.

 

CleanCar’s technology has some valuable and exciting side benefits that the team are keen to explain.  Such as its ability to provide mission-critical data for Vehicle to Grid systems (successful long-term V2G trials in the UK prove the point) plus its ability to pinpoint suitable charge infrastructure equipment (equipment suitability & installation cost comparisons) in addition to accurate ‘location’ mapping for fleet charge point infrastructure.

 

These and other data analysis results should interest potential partner company profiles especially OEM’s, Energy Providers, Smart City Planners and significant automotive Dealer/Retailer Groups.

 

So CleanCar’s data analytics capabilities deliver a range of benefits to both consumers and enterprise customer profiles that have relevance globally, which is why the CleanCar team are keen to talk to potential partners in International Territories during WEB SUMMIT 7 to explore mutually beneficial partnership opportunities.

 

CleanCar is a triple P profile business where People, Planet and Profit work together for mutual success.

 

Alex Baker CEO will be attending and available for media interviews and quotes having established a leading profile on all matters EV!

 

The CleanCar team look forward to meeting WEB SUMMIT 7 attendees who would like to find out how CleanCar helps both individual motorists and Businesses to make informed, sound economic-based decisions to switch to electric mobility.

 

To find out more about what CleanCar does, please watch our CEO podcast.

Contact Details:

Alice Wilson

Marketing Coordinator

alice.wilson@cleancar.io

Tel: +44 (0) 845 600 6880

www.cleancar.io

CleanCar, Burgage Lodge, 184 Franche Road, Kidderminster, UK, DY11 5AD

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CleanCar in 60 Seconds…

CleanCar in 60 Seconds…

Alex Baker CEO of CleanCar gives his 60-second elevator pitch. Find out what Alex has to say in his 60 second overview of CleanCar…

Why read out 60 second Elevator Pitch?

CleanCar has been involved in doing a 60-Second evaluator pitch. 60 Seconds that will blow your mind away. This is to help all you busy people who don’t have the time to read our blogs but are really interested in finding out what we do and how our system works. So please, spare us one minute instead of five and enjoy our 60-Second Pitch.

Honestly, we do like making your life easier.

The 60 second Elevator Pitch – 

In the Elevator pitch Alex Baker CEO of CleanCar is Summarizing how CleanCar works and how it can help you or your fleet. If you are either wondering or curious about making the EV switch for yourself or your fleet then CleanCar is the way forward. There is a lot of information about CleanCar to take in, from when you are using the device to collecting data and even to the analysing stage, there is all so much to learn about.  So, Alex has squeezed as much information as he could into a less than a one minute video. It is not long at all.

What has been spoken about in the 60 minute pitch between Alex Baker and Tom Blades?

In less than a minute, Alex CEO of CleanCar will be giving a explanation of how CleanCar works. The 60 second pitch is to sum up everything about CleanCar, a quick video to give users or potential customers a better understanding of our system to see if it is right for them.  CleanCar finds out if an Electric Vehicle could be a beneficial to your fleet. Why wouldn’t you take the risk-free jump with CleanCar?

Finding out how much money your business can be saving whilst driving to meetings and events etc. is marvelous. Especially knowing you could have mistakenly bought a whole lot of Electric Vehicles for your fleet and not saved one penny… That’s the reason why CleanCar is here to help you make the right decision. CleanCar ensures you have the right vehicles for your fleet and that it will save you money. By not choosing the right Electric vehicle to suit your fleet is not a good idea, as there will be no cost savings.

That’s why, if you want to make the Switch to EV why not find out more with CleanCar? You will not regret it and it’s all risk-free. No need to imagine, as CleanCar is really that simple…

Find out what was said below by CEO Alex Baker and Tom Blades at DreamTek in the CleanCar 60 second Elevator pitch –

Tom Blades – “Okay, then Alex I’ve got a challenge for you and that is for you to sum up CleanCar and its benefits CleanCar and it’s benefits in a minute can we have a timer on the screen. Right one minute… GO “
Alex Baker –  “Okay, CleanCar is a solution that helps to speed up the switch to electric vehicles, electric vehicles for a right person can be incredibly cost effective and can save you in excess to three thousand pounds a year. What we do is we help to make that happen by taking a small device like this or an app, we place it into a driver’s vehicle and that driver just so you know uses their car as normal we collect that data. We run it for a number of algorithms and we make it very simple by saying;
1. Are you suited to an electric vehicle?
2. Which electric vehicles will be suited?
3. Finally, will you actually save any money by making the switch to an electric vehicle?
So, we make it very easy for somebody to just make that risk-free decision.”
Tom Blades – “Fantastic I have that back. Well I’ll have to do it find out in the edit, if we got a minute. I’m just checking with the team yeah okay, I think we did so that was good thank you Alex.”

Alex Baker – “Thank you.”

Thank you for watching our elevator pitch. I hope it has all the information you needed about CleanCar.

Please see below some Frequently asked questions that our team have answered that are relevant to this podcast –

Who can see your journeys?

Short answer, only you. Only drivers can see their journeys with the journey detail hidden from your manager, your colleagues or your employer; there is no way for anyone to look at your business or personal trips. CleanCar is not designed to track what you do but is a system that will use journey data to show your suitability to an electric vehicle. We will never share your journey details with anyone unless you give us explicit permission to do so.

Data processing at night.

Your trips will be captured by the CleanCar device and sent to your unique CleanCar account that only you can log into. The journeys will be sent using a 2G or 3G mobile network, which will send the data into your account in the early hours of the following morning.For example, your Monday trips will be processed and uploaded in your account on Tuesday morning.

Is CleanCar new?

No, it’s not the CleanCar system has been assisting the fleet market to make the switch for about four years. However, the latest version of CleanCar, the one you are using is very new. This version has been rebuilt from the ground up to aim at individual users as opposed to fleets.

Who are the team behind CleanCar?

CleanCar is owned by The Virtual Forge and run by Alex Baker, www.thevirtualforge.com are a company who design exciting and innovative IT systems for some of the worlds best-known companies, they also analyse lots of data.We have about 120 employees based all over the world in the UK, Portugal and the USA.  The team dedicated to CleanCar numbers eight presently with loads of support from the rest of the group.Our founder Alex Baker would love to hear your views, drop him a line on alex@cleancar.io

How does the device work?

The CleanCar device (we must find a catchier name, send ideas to helpdesk@cleancar.io) is an incredibly smart piece of kit, but for this FAQ, we will keep it simple.

  • The CleanCar device has been designed to record GPS coordinates of your location while you are driving
  • It will do this every 10 seconds or 100 metres or 25-degree change in direction so on a winding road it takes more coordinates and on a straight one less.
  • The device saves these coordinates and every few minutes it connects to the mobile network via an onboard sim and uploads these to the CleanCar portal. It will store around ten days of driving if for any reason there is no signal.
  • Once we receive the data, we store it up, and while most people are asleep in the early morning, our servers and algorithms convert it into journeys and statistics.
  • The following day you will be able to log in see your stats.
  • CleanCar aims to help users like you to make the switch from your internal combustion engine to an electric vehicle

To see more of CleanCar FAQ questions please click here…

Want more information about CleanCar?

In the five years since we envisioned CleanCar, our core proposition has become increasingly more relevant to business fleets and motorists, as we accelerate the transition to electric mobility from fossil fuel dependency. Our CleanCar solution aims to fully inform both businesses and private motorists in making that ‘transition’ as easy as possible..

Collectively, the Directors of CleanCar have over 100 years of experience in the vehicle leasing and fleet industry. We have worked, and continue to work closely with businesses of all sizes – from individuals to multinational blue-chip giants. We’re confident that unlocking accurate mileage capture releases big benefits for all clients. That’s why we founded Fleet Innovations in 2010.

Fittingly, our CleanCar system reflects many of the values of the company itself. We’re innovative, always striving to be better, and looking for ways to reduce CO2 and save the world. Our success is based on listening and observing and looking for innovative opportunities. It’s been a long and winding road to get to where we are today but it’s been loads of fun and we have learned a lot along the way. Find out more about the team by clicking on the profiles below.

Wanting to know more about CleanCar, please contact us at info@cleancar.io. We will be more than happy to speak to you and explain how our system works and how you can find the true benefits of electric vehicles. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions

Overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions

First of all, welcome to the Overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions.

In the time that we have been providing the CleanCar solution, we have worked with some very large organisations many of which have good solid union representation.

However, this “One Page” overview is about what CleanCar is, how it works and how we use the data…

Overview of CleanCar

So, CleanCar is an easy to deploy ‘vehicle usage profile’ data gathering method that (via a simple self-install device or Smartphone app) proves suitability and also provides accurate cost-benefit analysis to fully inform the decision making process to switch from petrol or diesel powered vehicles to their electric vehicle equivalents.

It helps a driver and company to see:

  •  If current diesel or petrol vehicle is or is not suited to a switch to an electric vehicle.
  • If making the switch to an EV will save the driver any money
  • What type of chargers are required and where they should be located?

In fact, what does CleanCar do exactly?

·         Establishes your vehicles ‘usage profile suitability’ to switch to electric

·         Details the cost savings with an accurate Whole Life Cost analysis report

·         Recommends best-fit EV replacement vehicle/s

How does it do all that?

·         By accurately profiling a vehicle/drivers regular vehicle usage profile

·         Uses GPS location data collected over a representative period

·         With a simple plug-in GPS device or Smartphone app

So, why bother with CleanCar and Electric Vehicles?

  • Many organizations experience cost savings of more than £2000 per year by driving an EV when compared to an equivalent diesel or petrol and save on greenhouse gasses.
  • The government are also introducing clean air zones as they will be requiring  vehicles in many cities to be zero emission to enter or pay a significant levy.

What you need to Know –

1.    Drivers journey details are never shared with a manager or an employer only if the employee gives specific permission to do so the permission is sought separately so is not something a user can do accidentally.

2.     Fleet decision makers will only see reports that show aggregate statistics of the vehicle that helps to prove suitability.

3.      Indeed customers can use data to show electric vehicle suitability, potential cost savings and ideal infrastructure locations.

4.     Data will not be used to improve driving or behaviour and certainly not to alert an employer of any speeding infringements.

6.    CleanCar adheres to the strictest GDPR and data protection rules. The parent company and developers of CleanCar.io (The Virtual Forge) have been awarded ISO 27001.

Finally, thank you for reading the overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions. I hope the all above has been interesting and certainly worth reading. If you would rather read some more blogs about CleanCar, you are more than welcome to, please click on the links below for more blogs about CleanCar.io

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FAQ

History of CleanCar

What is CleanCar

A brief history of CleanCar

A brief history of CleanCar

History of CleanCar

A brief history of CleanCar and a look to the future… In the words of Alex Baker, CEO and founder.

Welcome

Welcome to CleanCar and thanks for taking the time to visit this page.  As a user of the CleanCar system, you may find it useful to have a brief understanding. A understanding of how CleanCar’s solution developed over the past 5 years. We will be explaining how we plan to further evolve, with the help of customers and partners like you, in the future. This document intends to do just that.

CleanCar started as a happy accident…

A kind of eureka moment borne out of necessity.  It began back in 2013 when at the time I was running a GPS Mileage Expenses business. The business that enabled Fleets and their drivers to automate their HMRC mileage expense claim process. This was also a fleet solutions company. It was via a self-install plug-in GPS device which collected their journey data to automate their claim form submissions. Drivers and admin staff simply logged into our system and selected which trips were private or business. Once completed it then created an HMRC compliant mileage expense claim. The mileage expenses business was going well, but like most technology start-ups. We needed funds to develop the system and grow the team.

So, proving Plato’s “necessity is the mother of invention” quote, whilst I was looking for funding for the business particularly from grant funding sources. It became clear that zero funding was available for mileage expense solutions. Although there were many grants on offer if I had a system with a ‘sustainability and green’ angle that promoted cleaner transport uptake.

I quickly realised that what we had at the core of our GPS mileage system. With a bit of work and re-development, was not just a slightly “greener” sustainable product but something compelling that could help shape the electric mobility sector. As electric vehicle technology was growing and improving and it still is now…

To help explain…

It’s probably easier if I take you back a little into my previous corporate life. This is when I worked for large vehicle funders (Lloyds Bank and General Electric). My role was to help large Enterprise Fleets to efficiently fund vehicle lease or purchase plus aid operating cost reductions. One of the most incredibly effective tools a fleet could use to achieve these aims was something we called whole life cost (also known as the total cost of ownership). 

WLC

WLC looks at all the costs of running a vehicle over a given time and mileage such as depreciation, maintenance, fuel, tax servicing etc.  What it effectively enabled fleets to do was to identify more ‘fit for purpose’ vehicles with better engines and higher residual values as opposed to less suitable vehicles. In other words, a car costing £25k to purchase could actually cost less over three years than one costing £20k.

When it comes to electric vehicles (EV’s), Whole Life Cost (for the right driver/vehicle usage profile) can work very well. For example, where an EV purchase price can be higher than an equivalent diesel or petrol equivalent, (check out our various blogs for more info) but the running costs, especially for fuel, tax and servicing, can be significantly less. You end up with a net cost benefit from driving the EV cars. That’s not the only EV benefit. There are benefits of electric vehicles out there but not a lot of people take note to. It’s quite surprising.

The problem with WLC is it’s complexity as it requires lots of proprietary data that only exists in the Fleet and Auto industries. By this it means your average driver can’t work it out or even gain access to the relevant data to do so! Also, before trying to work it out if an EV is more cost-effective than the existing petrol/diesel vehicle. The first step is to evaluate accurately if an EV is even a practical option for its specific and in some circumstances, unique usage roster, i.e. is it suitable and fit for purpose?

That was the Eureka moment. I realised that we had a way of:

  1. Using GPS data to understand how someone uses their current vehicle
  2. Show that person if they are suitable to switch to an electric vehicle or not
  3. Show which current EV’s match their needs
  4. Explain how much it would cost them to run an EV compared to a new version of their current car
  5. Show them the positive environmental impact in terms of actual mileage based CO2 and N0X emissions reductions
  6. Help them to make a fully informed decision to prove the case for ‘transition’ from internal combustion to EV cars

So we had an idea on how we could evolve our GPS platform. We applied to some grant funding and, we got some early success….we got really excited, we built an early prototype and engaged with customers… and. Nothing! Nada!

Everyone (mainly fleets) we talked to loved our system. They loved the concept and they thought it was great but they also thought that these new-fangled electric vehicles would just fly off the shelves.  So, we got on with the day job and focused our minds back on the Mileage Expenses customers, knowing electric car technology was still around and being made.

The problem with CleanCar/CleanPea –

The problem with CleanCar (or cleanpea as we called it back then) is we were a bit too early. A common ailment of tech startups, but before too long, the same fleets we had spoken to before started to realise that their drivers were not rushing in droves to buy into electric cars as they were scared! They were scared that the 96 mile range of an electric car or van would not be enough, and would leave them stranded. Range anxiety was born! Before long the phones started to ring and CleanCar was re-born.

For a couple of years, we happily ran the CleanCar business. Servicing the needs of our fleet customers, but I had always yearned for more as I wanted to help the man on the street to make the switch to an EV as, after all, that would be a far more significant impact than just servicing the fleet industry and helping a fleet make the switch to an Electric Fleet.

Roll forward to February this year 2018.

It was time for a change as, for a long time, my heart had been committed to CleanCar. It was difficult, expensive and time-consuming to run two businesses. So, it was time to make some big decisions.

How it happened –

After a number of conversations, some quite heated ones with my fellow shareholders, we decided it was time to split the business. Send the mileage expenses off in one direction and CleanCar in another. It was agreed that The Virtual Forge, one of our early investors and a leading tech development outfit, would buy a majority shareholding in CleanCar and invest heavily into building the team and developing the platform.

The deal was struck back in June this year. Since then, with a huge amount of activity, the team has tripled in size. The Platform development effort has been tremendous and the result is one that I am extremely proud of.

The aims of CleanCar

The aim of all this effort was to build a system. A system that would be capable of handling millions of users as opposed to just thousands of users. In many respects, It was like building a rally car. In that we kept a shell of a system and rebuilt, updated or tinkered with every component removing anything that was surplus to requirements. Then, put in a much better high performance (electric) engine!

Today…

The CleanCar system we have today is the early production system. With all the new shiny parts and the new engine, but like a new rally team we still need to prove ourselves. We have a lot of work to do in learning how users want to interact with the system. Continually upgrading and improving.  To carry on the metaphor a little, we are at the beginning of the rally season but we have a lot of races to win and a lot to learn, especially from you!.

Our plans for the future can be laid out as follows:

  1. We need to continually improve what we have. In other words, we know that users will get in touch to tell us the parts of the system they like. The parts that stink and ‘hey, I have a good idea’! We need to capture all this feedback and use it to continually improve.email ideas to ideas@cleancar.io
  2. We have a huge pipeline of new features we would like to build. Some features will get done, new ones will get added to the list and some will never see the light of day. The key point is we will always be working on this continual improvement process to make CleanCar better and slicker. We will ensure you get to know all the new ideas and improvements as part of this process.
  3. New ideas: we know that we have some powerful data and we are keen to see what other questions we can answer. For example; is there a city out there looking to electrify its taxis and install fast chargers? Could our system be used to help?

To summarise in a nutshell:

  1. We have a lot of experience helping fleets to switch from ICE vehicles to EV’s
  2. We know the process and platform that works is accurate in informing the ‘switch’ decision
  3. We now want to help private motorists, the consumer, to make the switch to electric mobility
  4. We have a new parent company that shares our goals and beliefs and is funding this change
  5. We have completely rebuilt the system to achieve these goals
  6. We expect some issues to begin with and actively ask for your valuable feedback
  7. We have big plans for further development
  8. We have an amazing team who are loyal, experienced and who all share my passion
  9. We really appreciate having you as a customer and partner

Thanks for taking the time to read our brief history. If you ever want to hear the unabridged version, I will happily take you through it in person.

Regards

Alex Baker

CEO & Founder

 

Wanting to find out benefits of Electric Cars that would suit you and save you money? Contact CleanCar info@cleancar.io

About CleanCar – A Quick One Page Overview

About CleanCar – A Quick One Page Overview

About CleanCar

The road to cleaner, greener transport

In the nearly five years since we envisioned CleanCar, our core value proposition has become increasingly more relevant to business fleets and motorists, as we now accelerate into a mature transition phase to electric mobility from fossil fuel dependency. There are many fleet solutions but our CleanCar solution aims to fully inform both businesses and private motorists in making that ‘transition’ decision, gleaned from real world driving data, to produce an accurate, evidence based cost benefit analysis.

 So, what does CleanCar do exactly?

 Establishes your vehicles ‘usage profile suitability’ to switch to Electric for either personal or for an Electric Fleet

  • Details the cost savings with an accurate Whole Life Cost analysis report
  • Recommends best fit EV replacement vehicle/s
  • Provides charge point infrastructure location and type advice
  • Calculates C02 & N0X mileage based emissions reductions

 How does it do all that?

 By accurately profiling a vehicle/drivers regular vehicle usage profile

  • Uses GPS location data collected over a representative time period
  • With a simple plug in device or Smartphone app
  • Fully automated reporting process

 Why bother?

 Because the average motorists’ annual cost saving by making the switch is around £2,000 per year (that’s a decent all inclusive vacation by the way)

  • For SME’s the cost savings not only improves their bottom line but aids their competitive edge given the fast growth of restrictive, charge based clean air zones
  • For some large business Fleet’s, the significant cost benefits derived over time are in the hundreds of thousands of pounds range

So run that past me again – how does it do that?

 So, CleanCar is an easy to deploy ‘vehicle usage profile’ data gathering method that (via a simple self install device or Smartphone app) proves suitability and provides accurate cost benefit analysis to fully inform the decision making process to switch from petrol or diesel powered vehicles to their electric vehicle equivalents.

What’s all the fuss anyway?  – Diesel is cheap and clean now, right?

 Well not so sure about the ‘clean’ claim! And as for being cheaper, well, let’s find out…

Here’s a sample Whole Life Cost report extract that highlights the costs involved in leasing or purchasing plus running a Diesel Golf compared to a Nissan Leaf over a three year term.

Whole Life Costs analysis – Example here…..

Yeah but…. What about the range issue…  – It can’t do 400 miles can it?

You’re absolutely right on that one! If your vehicle usage profile needs a 400+ mile range then currently (but with not too long to wait) EV cars are probably not the right choice at this moment in time.  Anyway, who needs range of 400 miles if every single day they start with 100 miles of range and have not driven more then 50 miles in a single day (think about that second car). Understanding the electric car technology will allow you to have a better understanding of how the vehicle works.

Minority Report!

CleanCar has profiled and analyzed thousands of private and Fleet vehicle usage profiles and the instance where a 400 mile single trip range is in the <1% bracket.

Long Trips – The reality check

Pool car solutions, video conferencing, some pragmatic car share arrangements and plain old common senses usually solve the intermittent longer journey argument. On balance, the significant running & maintenance cost benefits of electric vehicles deliver has started to ensure that good business sense is starting to prevail.

Van with a Plan!

A pre planned en route recharge session and a probably much needed rest break during the one off long trip is probably a good idea from a safety and comfort perspective!

In conclusion an EV can do the majority of your journey distances – at a tenth of the fuel cost! There are so many benefits of electric vehicles that would be helpful for you making the switch and we can show that. Why not find out with CleanCar?

Give us a call on 0845 600 6880 or email info@cleancar.io

For a no obligation ‘explainer’ on how to establish your EV suitability!

 Fact Sheet

  • Founded 2013
  • Management team – 45 combined years experience in the Auto, Fleet Lease & Finance sectors as well as in data analytics and clean energy technology markets
  • Average vehicle profiling cost is little more than a full tank of fuel
  • Data gathering system can be up & running within 2 days
  • Reports are automated for easy online access
  • Whole Life Costs analytics can include a range of vehicle make/models to ‘cost compare’
  • Fleet customer examples: Lloyds/Lex Autolease, Bae, EDF, P&G, Uber
  • Significant backing from global tech company The Virtual Forge.

Electric car technology is improving, why not find out if an Electric Vehicle would suit you? Contact CleanCar info@cleancar.io

Dispelling the myths surrounding electric vehicles

Dispelling the myths surrounding electric vehicles

Fleets… The switch to Electric Vehicle Suitability guide

By Alex Baker, CEO CleanCar.io

First things First… Do we believe electric vehicles are right for everyone? No, we don’t!

Technology is improving all the time. Especially electric car technology…

Our view is that as things currently stand, some people/businesses are perfectly suited to owning EV cars or having an Electric Fleet. There are people who would benefit greatly. There are others that due to their travel requirements and vehicle usage profile would not benefit. Finding out the benefits of electric vehicles and how it would be able to adapt to your driving life would be great. That’s why we have the CleanCar system to find out if switching to an EV would be beneficial either personally or as a fleet, this is how it becomes a fleet solution.

In most cases it’s about finding the ‘sweet spot’. This ‘sweet spot’ can be measured based on a driver’s average daily, weekly or monthly mileage pattern. It can be from commuting to work, job type or lifestyle. The sweet spot is usually reflected in a mileage profile that is neither too low, nor too high.

For example –

If your daily mileage is a couple of thousand miles a year an EV car will probably work for you. You are unlikely to see any significant WLC savings if you are not doing enough miles a year. However, this is for the cost benefit overall. If you have a daily commute of 120 miles the EV’s “real” range is just 90 miles. This will result in a charge at least once a day. This may not be feasible or practical for yourself.

Each vehicle has a sweet spot, and they can be quite different from model to model. Those driver profiles that fall within the sweet spot are those who Fleets should target. The target should be at least for short term. These drivers will offer the greatest cost savings and will benefit the most from the switch to electric.

NOTE:

The ‘sweet spot’ of EV cars are constantly widening. Vehicle pricing lowers due to demand coupled with new models with increased range. There is an increase in drivers that are falling into this sweet spot. This is good news for all especially for those running large fleet’s.

Why are UK Fleet’s slow to make the switch to EV’s?

Over the last three years, we have helped a lot of fleets to adopt an ‘EV transition’ policy. CleanCar has helped fleets to make the switch to Electric. During this time, CleanCar has heard plenty of excuses and reasons from Fleets and Drivers that are not currently wanting to make the switch to an Electric Fleet etc. However, some of these reasons are perfectly valid. Most excuses and reasons are simply misinformed and plain wrong.

 Users Just Don’t Fit the Profile:

Above, we talk about ‘sweet spots’ where certain ‘journey profile’ drivers benefit the most. If their usage pattern, especially where their mileage is relatively high (UK company car average is 17k per annum). The analysis shows they would see real cost savings but it is not too high to experience practical ‘range’ issues. Many fleets have drivers who fall outside this profile.

  1. We have seen certain company car or van drivers who only drive twice a week. Although those trips can equate to 500+ miles of driving
  2. There are delivery firms in London who only do 9 miles a day
  3. Some fleets have time-sensitive, last minute delivery commitments where a vehicle charge requirement, even just a 20 minute one, would not be a practical option.
  4. Many company vehicle duty rosters have unknown journey demands that are difficult to plan ahead for

Timing is Bad:

Since the 2008 financial crisis, many companies have had to take tough cost cutting decisions including reductions in employee compensation and overall benefits packages. Some organisations have gone through redundancies as well as removal of some benefits such as healthcare, reduced pension provisions and much more. In these situations, no matter how good an option or EV policy may look, a change to the company vehicle benefit or perk could be seen by employees at all levels, as ‘the last straw ’… Better to leave it on the shelf and take a look in a year or two when things have calmed down perhaps?

They don’t understand the benefit

Fleet management has evolved over the past decade or so and many fleets now have far more complex reporting and policies for making arrangements. Many Fleets do not have a full-time fleet manager’s as in the past. This makes it difficult internally in some businesses to keep up to date on all the aspects of running a fleet. Many don’t understand the true benefits of operating EV cars as part of the various fleet vehicle type ‘usage profiles’ such as a directors company car to the sales reps’ warhorse or the maintenance/engineering staff’s service van. Good news. That’s exactly what this guide is all about!

Kick the can down the road.

Why be a trailblazer when you can let others forge a path and learn from their efforts? Some decision makers within fleet operators are waiting to see what will happen before they make the switch as they would rather play it safe and watch others make the mistakes from which they can learn. The problem with this approach is they are tying themselves into lease contract commitments that can last for 3, 4 or even 5 years. This scenario is a missed opportunity that can and does significantly harm a company’s financial health. Our case studies prove that savings of over £3000 per year per vehicle are achievable for a significant and growing percentage of Fleet vehicle usage profiles.

Indifference, Misinformation and Complexity

Electric Vehicles present a new complexity for fleet management as there is host of new data, new ways of planning and new to processes to implement. Inevitably, with emerging technology driven innovation, there exists significant amounts of misinformation that results in confusion which naturally tends to lead to indifference and apathy with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” attitude prevailing.

Opportunity cost:

My only comment on this is that this misinformation, confusion, indifference and apathy. It is getting in the way of some potentially significant cost saving benefits. It could make a real difference to your business’s bottom line. In today’s competitive marketplace, it is even more important to clearly understand the potential cost benefit impact of switching all, some or indeed none of your fleet ops to electric mobility. You could unlock some significant cost savings now or, at the very least, find out when you would be ready to do so in the not too distant future.

Petrol Heads:

Some people just like fast cars and believe that petrol vehicles rule! If this is you then I would simply ask you to Google YouTube’s ‘Tesla P100D drag strip’ video and watch this electric seven-seat saloon leaving behind a variety of super expensive supercars, worth four times as much. If you get a chance, have a test drive in any EV. I am confident, you will be very surprised by the impressive torque driven acceleration. It may change your view about petrol vs. electric!

Note on use of language

Experts in the EV sector may pick up on my use of terminology in this guide; I make no excuses for sometimes not using the correct terminology. The Electric Vehicle space is confusing enough without the use of dozens of acronyms. The use of dozens of acronyms is that only an ‘EV industry stalwart’ understands. I have designed this guide for those individuals who have direct and indirect responsibility. These individuals would be making decisions about Fleet vehicle procurement and logistical management. This guide is presented in a straightforward and helpful format. I have tried to avoid the jargon. You can find links at the bottom of this guide. The links are useful glossaries for clarity around industry buzz words.

Wanting to find out benefits of Electric Cars that would suit you and save you money? Contact CleanCar info@cleancar.io or visit Cleancar.io.

Need EV Solutions? How we work…

Need EV Solutions? How we work…

Let’s find out how CleanCar works…

Need EV solutions? Well lets find out how cleancar works. Why not find out how CleanCar works and see if an Electric Vehicle would be suitable for you or your fleet? Imagine having an Electric Fleet…

CleanCar is a solution that uses a small plug in GPS device or a Phone app.

Customers use CleanCar’s device or app to record how and when a driver uses their vehicle. This is over a period of a few weeks or a few months. This also depends on requirements and seasonality. We then build up a profile of the driver, which allows us to understand:

  •  if a driver’s vehicle usage is suited to an EV or not.

  • which vehicle is best suited to this purpose.

  • The potential cost saving by making the switch.

  •  The ideal charging requirements.

The process is as follows:

Step 1 – Define the Cohort:

CleanCar works with Fleet/Organisations. The system understands which drivers or what groups of drivers are most likely to be suited to the restrictions and benefits of electric vehicles. CleanCar then defines this group and starts a communication plan (outlined above).

Step 2  – Collect Data:

The CleanCar team posts a small GPS device to the drivers. When the drivers receive the device, it is self installed into the 12v Cigarette lighter socket of the vehicle.

Step 3  – Collect Behaviours:

The driver simply goes about their routine as normal. Once the driver uses their vehicle, the GPS position of the vehicle will be recorded. Data from the device is then sent via the mobile network to our big data portal.

Step 4 – Analysis:

Overall, our devices would have a suitable amount of data recorded. This could be anything from 2 weeks to 3 months depending upon requirements. The user is then able to log in to and answer the questions below:

  1. What Electric Vehicle would suit the user and their needs best?
  2. Will there be a saving by making the EV switch compared to a new version of their current vehicle?
  3. What is the ideal location and type of charge point?

Step 5 – Reporting:

A report is provided to a fleet manager or manager of the organisation.  The driver will also have a report. Data Protection legislation is compliant and is anonymised where required.

Fine Tuning:

The final step is unique to your Fleet’s requirements and involves a consultative approach, to fine-tune and optimize how you make the switch to EV’s for those suitable drivers/vehicle duty rosters in your fleet.

Areas worth consideration include:

  • The optimum way to fund your new vehicles, to maximize tax efficiency.
  • Optimum lease/finance terms and mileage breaks
  • Bulk purchase/lease discounts
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • CSR policy compliance and C02 reduction target performance

 

Is an EV right for everyone?

Is an EV right for everyone?

Is an EV right for everyone? Well… This is what we are about to find out…

Do we believe EV cars are right for everyone?

No, we don’t! Our view is that as things currently stand, some people are perfectly suited to owning an EV. Although, there are benefits of electric vehicles that wouldn’t suit everyone, that’s why CleanCar is here. Whether it be for a fleet or just for yourself. Electric vehicles are not for everyone. This is due to the drivers travel requirements and vehicle usage profile, the driver would just not benefit from owning an EV. The driver would find the experience either impractical or expensive compared to a traditional Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle.

In most cases, it’s about finding the ‘sweet spot’.  This ‘sweet spot’ can be measured based on a driver’s average daily, weekly or monthly mileage pattern. Whether that be from commuting to work, job type or lifestyle.  The sweet spot is usually reflected in a mileage profile that is neither too low, nor too high.

For example –

If your daily mileage requirements are really low an you only drive a couple of thousand miles a year, then yes. An EV will probably work for you. You are unlikely to see any significant WLC savings as you are not doing enough miles to gain the cost benefit.  At the other end of the scale, if you have a daily commute of 120 miles and the EV’s “real” range is just 90 miles, it means a charge at least once a day, which may not be feasible or practical.

Each vehicle has a sweet spot, and they can be quite different from model to model. Those driver profiles that fall within the sweet spot are those who we should target, at least in the short term. These drivers will offer the greatest cost savings and will benefit the most from the switch to EV.

NOTE: The ‘sweet spot’ of EV’s are constantly widening as vehicle pricing lowers due to demand coupled with new models with increased range.  This means that more and more drivers are falling into this sweet spot, which is good news for all.

About CleanCar –

In the five years since we envisioned CleanCar, our core proposition has become increasingly more relevant to business fleets and motorists, as we accelerate the transition to electric mobility from fossil fuel dependency. Our CleanCar solution aims to fully inform both businesses and private motorists in making that ‘transition’ as easy as possible…

Wanting to learn more about the CleanCar system? Why not visit our webpage www.cleancar.io. Also, why not try out our CleanCar Online Calculator? Calculate your savings! Estimate the savings you can achieve by using CleanCar – Click here – CleanCar Saving Calculator

Follow the CleanCar’s social media pages such as; Facebook, Instagram and twitter you will find us @cleancarsystem. Thank you.

How CleanCar Works for Different Types of Customer

How CleanCar Works for Different Types of Customer

Are you wanting to know how CleanCar works for different types of customers. Well… If you are this page is certainly for you.

About CleanCar and How we works –

EV technology might not suit every driver. In this quick article, I will explain the business model and give a quick overview of the benefits depending upon your point of reference.

I regularly get asked how the CleanCar solution works and depending on the audience I will tell a slightly different story. It’s not that we have multiple fleet solutions for a variety of used cases but the benefit of the CleanCar system does change depending on your perspective.

To start let’s review the image below that explains the flow of data into CleanCar, explains what we do with it and how we report on it.Overview of CleanCarTo explain the image in more detail, the CleanCar solution is split into the following areas:

CleanCar Consumer

CleanCar consumer, aimed at the average person on the street; it’s the trimmed down version of CleanCar. It allows a user to see if they are suited to an Electric Vehicle. It would also allow users to see what Electric Vehicle would suit the drivers requirements. CleanCar will show the user on what they will save by making the Electric Vehicle switch.

Our route to the market for this service is generally via a third party or as we like to say a channel partner.  This is an organisation like an energy company or vehicle manufacturer, who knows their customers would benefit from the use of an Electric Vehicle and simply need a tool to help prove it, even if they are wanting to make their fleet an Electric Fleet. This where CleanCar come in, we assist those organisations in showing the benefits of Electric Cars to their customers and fleets.

CleanCar Business

CleanCar business is where we started out; aimed at the larger organisations who run a fleet of vehicles. Not knowing the benefits of an Electric Vehicles is ‘risky’. Drivers want to know the cost saving and benefits before they start purchasing Electric Vehicles. This is why drivers simply can’t make that decision to move to this new technology.  We often find drivers feel the decision is a “bit risky” and there are too many unknowns.  Following the CleanCar approach, we show the drivers which vehicles they should switch to. CleanCar also helps drivers to understand the financial benefits. We also can make suggestions regarding how many charge points they need and where to put them.  Its powerful stuff and it is great for anyone looking to de-risk a decision about their e-mobility requirements.

CleanCar Intelligent Mobility Solutions

This part of CleanCar is our Data Science bit. If one of my old mathematics teachers at school could see how excited I get these days with numbers and data well…they just would simply not believe it.  In a nutshell, we can collect very accurate data about how people use their vehicles. From their build up profiles of usage; we can also then combine this data with other data sets to tell a story.

Overall, I hope all the information you have been given in this blog has given you a better understanding of how CleanCar works. If you would like to use the CleanCar system but still have questions about, how, why, who? etc. no need to worry! The questions you may want to ask, may have already been asked and answered read below for more information…

Please click visit FAQ page to view more questions that have been answered by our team. However, we have added some FAQ questions below that would be relevant to this blog, we hope this is helpful for you.  –

Is CleanCar new? 

No, it’s not the CleanCar system has been assisting the fleet market to make the switch for about four years. However, the latest version of CleanCar, the one you are using is very new. This version has been rebuilt from the ground up to aim at individual users as opposed to fleets.

How does the device work?

The CleanCar device (we must find a catchier name, send ideas to helpdesk@cleancar.io) is an incredibly smart piece of kit, but for this FAQ, we will keep it simple.

  • The CleanCar device has been designed to record GPS coordinates of your location while you are driving
  • It will do this every 10 seconds or 100 metres or 25-degree change in direction so on a winding road it takes more coordinates and on a straight one less.
  • The device saves these coordinates and every few minutes it connects to the mobile network via an onboard sim and uploads these to the CleanCar portal. It will store around ten days of driving if for any reason there is no signal.
  • Once we receive the data, we store it up, and while most people are asleep in the early morning, our servers and algorithms convert it into journeys and statistics.
  • The following day you will be able to log in see your stats.
  • CleanCar aims to help users like you to make the switch from your internal combustion engine to an electric vehicle

Will the GPS device work in all vehicles?

The GPS device will work in virtually all vehicles so long as there is 12v power socket (cigarette lighter socket). Please not, however, some high-end vehicles where there is a heated front screen can take longer to get a GPS fix.If your question is not above and you feel you need more support, please e-mail helpdesk@cleancar.io. One of our team will respond as soon as possible. Thank you

How do I install the GPS device?

It is essential that the GPS device is located in a 12V in the front console of the vehicle so that it can receive signals from the global navigation satellite system. Also if you can see it and it falls out you will notice, if you place it in a glove box or the boot of the car, you may not notice if the device has become dislodged.

How do I know the device is working in the vehicle?

Plug your GPS device into the 12V of your vehicle.  Please turn your ignition on.  The LED/light should display blue to indicate the device is operating.  You may start your journey.The next step would be to ensure the sim-card in the device is in the device the right way.Please see image below to check this – It should be fine but they can take a bit of a beating while being distributed and they very occasionally come loose. The device takes a little time to normalise and likes to be used regularly, so we advise that you plug your device and drive about for a few days before checking your date, we want to ensure it has a good charge and has had a chance to connect to the airwaves.

Also, if this has all been checked and the sim-card is in the right way or the Switch-ON button is also the right way, we will need to know about this. You will need to contact helpdesk@cleancar.io one of our support team will be able to help you.

Who is behind the team of CleanCar?

CleanCar is owned by The Virtual Forge and run by Alex Baker, www.thevirtualforge.com are a company who design exciting and innovative IT systems for some of the worlds best-known companies, they also analyse lots of data.We have about 120 employees based all over the world in the UK, Portugal and the USA.  The team dedicated to CleanCar numbers eight presently with loads of support from the rest of the group.Our founder Alex Baker would love to hear your views, drop him a line on alex@cleancar.io

CleanCar also have a cost saving Calculator –

Check out our cost saving Calculator – The Potential savings with CleanCar – Estimate the savings you can achieve by using CleanCar. – Click here for the cost saving calculator

Electric car technology is changing all the time. If you are looking for fleet solutions, CleanCar has a solution to help you find out if a EV will meet your needs or your fleets. Please contact the CleanCar system at info@cleancar.io.

Follow our social media pages such as; Facebook, Instagram and twitter you will find us @cleancarsystem. Thank you.