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Vehicle to Grid and V2GO

Vehicle to Grid and V2GO

Electric Vehicles will Cause Power Cuts!

Many of us will have read the news stories about electric vehicles and the immeasurable harm they will cause on the electric power grid. 

We are told, if the UK goes for mass adoption of electric vehicles, the chances are they will over-load the power-grid and cause countrywide blackouts.

The truth, however, has the potential for electric vehicles to have a more positive impact on the grid, and in fact, electric vehicles may be one of the quickest ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move forward with a stronger more resilient and cleaner energy system

The Energy System and PEAK Demand

The UK electricity grid, like most other, globally, is built around our PEAK demand requirements.  In other words, that time of day when you and i return home, to make dinner, brew a cup of tea, watch coronation street and bathe the children, this is the time of day when we put our maximum demand for electricity on the grid.  It’s also the period where the grid is most carbon-intensive, without getting technical, this is when we fire up the coal-fired power stations, turn up the gas.

As it stands if its particularly calm and cloudy day and we can’t rely solely on renewable energy, this is the time that our grid becomes “dirty”.

So then, if we plug in more electric vehicles to plug in millions of electric vehicles, we put more demand on the system and the dirtier it gets? Hold that thought.

Interestingly, there are other times of the day where the energy being produced is beyond our requirements.  There are many examples of sunny and windy days where renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind combined with the constant nuclear energy, produces more energy than we need. During these times the grid produces energy with virtually zero reliance on fossil fuels.

Battery Storage the Panacea of Grid Capacity

The key to our future grid strategies is batteries. I.e. a way of storing excess capacity from renewable energy to use it later.  The UK grid already has batteries and has had for many years; one example is the Dinorwig Power Station (google it, its fascinating). Many would not recognise it as our usual perception of a battery, but it works like one, it effectively pumps water uphill to a big lake at the top of the hill during the night and stores it there as future energy.  When the grid then needs a boost, the sluice gates are opened, the water pours through a big tube, turns some turbines and creates energy.  The process is repeated regularly.

In the UK we are looking at dozens of ways to store energy in batteries and one of the potentially easiest and quickest ways of doing this is with electric vehicles, not least because the technology to do this already exists and is driving around today.

Electric Vehicles and the Future of the Grid

If you consider your car and if you don’t own a vehicle consider one that belongs to a friend or colleague.  Consider how that vehicle is used.  In many cases, the car will be parked up all night, will be used for a commute to work, where all day it is parked up again and then used to go home again in the evening, with maybe the odd trip to the gym, the supermarket or similar. Through the data, we have collected over thousands of drivers and millions of journeys we often see vehicles utilised no more than 2%-4% of the time with the average daily mileage in the UK somewhere around 21 miles a day. The rest of the time it is parked up.

Now think of this vehicle as an electric vehicle, even the ones with the smallest batteries by today’s standards have at least 100 miles of range in them and can charge back to full in 4 hours.

This vehicle that is being driven just 21 miles a day for an hour or two has a mass of unharnessed potential, it has batteries full of energy (or at least part full) that could be used.

If used as Grid batteries thousands of vehicles all over the UK could help to completely decarbonise our grid, storing excess capacity to be used at a later date and time when the network needs it.  These vehicles could be charged overnight or during times of excess capacity and the residual energy used at a time when the grid is at peak demand

To help you understand the potential, let me run a few potential scenarios past you.

Scenario 1: The Home user

Picture Bob he has a typical four-bedroom house in suburbia works as a software developer at a local company, he uses his vehicle mainly for commuting and as “dads taxi” at the weekend. Bob drives a 30Kwh Nissan leaf and although he only travels about 21 miles a day plugs this vehicle in every single day at 5:30 where it tops his battery up from about 90% full to 100% complete. Bob also has solar panels.

Under a (simplified) V2G scenario Bobs situation could change, for the better:

  1. Firstly Bob continues to do exactly as he does today, his usage profile remains unchanged.
  2. When plugging his vehicle in at 5:30 the grid recognises this asset and recognises the fact that it has the energy to provide back to the grid, it also knows (because bob has indicated) that Bob won’t be using his car for hours.
  3. Via his phone Bob has already set the parameters so that the vehicle will never deplete charge below 20% and will not be available on Thursdays as he needs to go to his mindfulness session followed by Krav Maga.
  4. The grid starts to hit capacity and as a result will take energy from Bob’s car (along with thousands of others) via a bi-directional charger this is an alternative to fossil-fueled power stations.
  5. At around 8 pm the grid has taken all the energy it needs and then sends a message to start charging the vehicle again.  All this happens while bob is asleep
  6. Bob wakes up, has his breakfast commutes to work and the process starts all over again.

Scenario 2 The airport

As I am sure, you can appreciate running an airport can be a particularly energy-hungry endeavour, with an airport such as Birmingham using around 41.5 m kWh of energy a year is costing ITRO £6m per anum.

Like most major airports, Birmingham has plans to expand, and those plans could require an uplift in the requirements of the grid to provide energy, plans that will take time to get off the ground.

Consider, however, how V2G enabled electric vehicles could benefit these expansion plans and help to reduce costs:

  1. Firstly let’s consider the profile of these vehicles.  Vehicles left at airports, especially those in the long-stay are parked up any time from 4 days to as long as a month, that’s an entire month where the vehicle is parked doing nothing.
  2. Now consider if Birmingham airport installed 100 bi-directional V2G charge points which were regularly filled to capacity with vehicles containing batteries averaging around 50Kwh.
  3. Each of these vehicles could be used to store energy during the low energy demand periods for from the solar panels the BHX have installed.
  4. When the airport then has a spike in demand, the energy in these vehicles could be used to control this requirement.
  5. It means the vehicles could be charged when costs are low and discharged when costs are high, meaning that BHX reduce some of their energy costs
  6. The car owner could be incentivised by being able to park at a reduced or even free parking close to the terminal building.
  7. BHX gain access to these vehicles for the full two weeks the customer is on holiday
  8. It has even been proven by Warwick university that this type of deep-cycle charge/discharge, could be beneficial for the vehicle, massaging the battery, and improving battery longevity.
  9. As a regular commuter and flyer, I would certainly be interested. 
  10. The same scenario could work for the airports, and trains stations across the globe.

Scenario 3: Royal Mail

I use Royal Mail is an example as it’s a world-renowned company who also happens to run a very significant fleet of vehicles. However the same could be said for many other UK and global companies with fleets of cars and vans.

The fleet of Royal Mail vehicles in many respects can be considered as mobile storage facilities.  Pat, the  postman, will pick up his load of letters, and small parcels pack it into the van and then take his bag to a specific street.  On foot the postman will then deliver the letters, returning to the postal van to pick up the next bag and do the same.  Granted this is not the situation for all Royal Mail workers, but it is for some.  At the end of the day, the van is dropped back to a depot ready to do the same again.

Now interestingly in many cases, although the Van is absolutely essential, it does not end up doing particularly high mileage.  Therefore many of these vehicles if Electric would return to base with significant residual charge in the batteries.

Consider the scenario:

  • Postman picks up his fully charged van from the depot with his daily delivery of letters and parcels.
  • He drives about as normal doing the deliveries and at the end of the day (around 4 pm) returns to base with around 80% of his battery capacity.
  • Royal Mail has been forward-thinking and across its entire network of regional depots (where possible) have installed bidirectional chargers.
  • Across the 30,000 vehicles, they have purchased that are V2G capable they have around 1,500,000 kWh of capacity.  Bearing in mind, this is a simplified overview, and without going into the technicalities of delivering that energy to the grid, what Royal Mail effectively have is the power capacity of a sizable power station. 
  • Now the exciting thing for Royal Mail is that these vehicles can then be charged up at night when energy costs are lower and the energy sold back to the grid when the energy price is higher, so these vehicles that were previously sitting idle could now be a source of income for Royal Mail.

This sounds great, but it also seems years away:

Considering the above scenarios, you may think that they sound like valid ideas, but you may also consider that these scenarios are years away.  Well actually no, this is possible today.  The Nissan Leaf is already V2G capable and when combined with the right type of charger could operate under the scenarios above.

There are also around 21 amazing projects currently being funded by the UK government, https://www.gov.uk/government/news/30-million-investment-in-revolutionary-v2g-technologies looking at V2G technologies. Some of these projects focus on precisely the scenarios above and aim to not only prove the technology but to also prove the business model.

So driving to your local train station, plugging in your car and your car’s battery is used while you are away may be closer then you think.  Moreover, while your car is sat there you could be receiving money back or alternatives, such as free parking.

About Innovate UK funded Project V2GO

The reason for writing this overview is to inform you about V2G about the benefits of V2G.  It’s also an opportunity to tell you about an exciting V2G project in which we participate called V2GO which is short for Vehicle to Grid Oxford.

The Public Summary of the project is as follows:

  • V2GO (Vehicle-To-Grid Oxford) is an Innovate UK funded project led by EDF Energy and involves companies; Arrival, CleanCar.io, EO Charging, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford University and Upside Energy.
  • Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technologies allow the energy storage capacity of Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries to be used to deliver electricity back into the grid to power homes and businesses.
  • The energy services provided by V2G and EVs can potentially create new revenue streams and reduce fleet operating costs.

V2GO aims

  • Demonstrate the benefits of EV adoption and value of V2G and Smart Charging for fleet operators.
  • Compare and assess the benefits of EV adoption and V2G against existing operating systems and practices.
  • Understand how modifications to the fleet operation or charging patterns could help to optimise overall value.
  • Provide real-world experience of V2G and the technology to trial participants and stakeholders.

Sounds interesting, you may say, but the details of the projects make for some (in my view) exciting reading.  Some of the key takeaway points are as follows:

  • V2GO aims to provide a working solution for companies with depot based vehicles.  Similar to scenario three above, where drivers return their vehicles to a base such as a depot each night.
  • The project will also look mainly at vans; these vans are the electric vans made by a company in Oxford Arrival https://arrival.com/ 
  • The project aims to put around 100 real-world demonstrators into approximately 15 companies in the UK.
  • We aim to not only prove if the technology works, but we are also challenging if there is a business model for this technology.  In other words, is it worth the extra investment to go for a V2G solution as opposed to a Smart unidirectional charger (smart chargers are chargers that talk to the grid and can be turned on and off and throttled if required)

How are We Participating In The Project

Our view is that when designing a future game-changer like Vehicle to Grid which impacts on future transport and energy systems it’s essential to give the project the best chance of success and learn as much as we possibly can.

For us being able to understand how the vehicles are being used today and how that might change under V2G is essential. We then have an understanding of what the potential solutions and systems might look like, how they will work, and how and why people and customers will benefit.

Our participation in the project is loaded mainly towards the front end of the project and can be summarised as follows:

  • After some contractual negotiations we gain a list of potentially suitable vehicles, which we load into the CleanCar system, and the next stage is to send out our GPS data loggers.
  • The GPS data loggers arrive at the participant individually boxed, and the participant must unpackage them and place them into the 12v or 24v cigarette lighter socket.
  • The next step is the drivers go about their regular daily routine, while the GPS devices collect data which it sends via the mobile 3g network to our secure servers.
  • Once we have received a reasonable amount of data, we produce our V2GO reporting, which shows:
    • If the vehicle could be replaced by a V2G enabled Arrival Van
    • The potential residual battery in a vehicle when it returns to base each day
    • The potential value of energy exported to the grid
    • Potential cost savings by making the switch
    • Potential charging infrastructure requirements.

In short, we will be collecting GPS data about how a fleet uses its vehicles today so we can show if V2G could work and what potential benefits it delivers.  In many respects, it’s a kind of blueprint for change.

It’s All about the collaboration:

Through our involvement in v2go, it’s reaffirmed my conviction that collaboration on projects like this is essential.  Each of the collaborators brings something different to the party with knowledge and experience in different areas and sectors.  We bring with us experience in fleet, systems and big data but our partners have experience in power generation, grid infrastructure, developing electric vehicles, battery storage, charge points and much more.  The project is undoubtedly adventurous and sizable but with the right consortium, I feel confident we will deliver results in this exciting area of development.

If you would like to discover more about v2go or participate, please get in by visiting www.v2go.org 

Anyway, thanks for reading.

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. This will be comparing to 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. Then, applies its algorithm’s to personalise both an accurate suitability rating as well as a detailed cost analysis. This is 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 and 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. This is why the CleanCar team are keen to talk to potential partners in International Territories during WEB SUMMIT 7. This is 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. 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 Blog – https://www.cleancar.io/podcast-interview-with-alex-baker/

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

 

About CleanCar –

In the five years since we envisioned CleanCar, our core proposition has become increasingly more relevant to business fleets and motorists. 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…

 

How to Contact The CleanCar System Team –

Wanting to find more information regarding The CleanCar System and changing to an Electric Fleet please contact our team at helpdesk@cleancar.io or visit our website at www.cleancar.io. We hope you find all the information you need to gain a better understanding of the CleanCar system. We have many more blogs on our webpage that will show you how CleanCar works to guides. All you have to do to visit our blogs is click on the following link – https://www.cleancar.io/blog/or if you think this will be beneficial to someone you know then share our blog.

Please find us on social media @cleancarsystem and give us a follow!

Thank you.

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 if an electric vehicle would be beneficial to you. Look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions

Overview of CleanCar for Employers and Unions

 

Overview of CleanCar

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… 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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History of CleanCar

What is CleanCar

A brief history of CleanCar

A brief history of CleanCar

The 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 our Blog.  As a user of the CleanCar system, you may find it useful to have a brief understanding of the system. The 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.

 

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 the cleaner transport uptake.

I quickly realised. 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. It was something compelling that could help shape the electric mobility sector. As electric vehicle technology was growing and improving as 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). 

 

Whole Life Cost

Whole Life Cost 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), the running costs, especially for fuel, tax and servicing, can be significantly less. You end up with a net cost benefit from driving the Electric Vehicles. That’s not the only EV benefit.

The problem with Whole Life Cost 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 6.CO2 and N0X emissions reductions

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

About CleanCar – A Quick One Page Overview

About CleanCar – A Quick One Page Overview

About The CleanCar System – A Quick One page Overview – 

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 The CleanCar System do exactly?

The CleanCar system and device establishes your vehicles ‘usage profile suitability’ to switch to Electric. This for either personal or business; The CleanCar system details the cost savings with an accurate Whole Life Cost analysis report. Then, recommends best fit EV replacement vehicle/s. CleanCar also Provides charge point infrastructure location and type advice. Lastly, CleanCar Calculates C02 & N0X mileage based emissions reductions.


How does it do all that?

This is how the CleanCar system does it all; Using GPS location data which is collected over a representative time period with a simple plug in device or Smartphone app. Then, there is a fully automated reporting process.


Why bother? 

The reason you should bother is 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. 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, The CleanCar System 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! But, 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 – Here is a Example…


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 analysed 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. You can also email info@cleancar.io f
or 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.

Have any questions about CleanCar? We have added below some questions that are from our FAQ page – these questions will be useful to this blog – for more info on our FAQ page please visit www.cleancar.io/faq.

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

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.

Who are the team behind CleanCar?

The CleanCar system 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

 

Contact us

To read more questions that have been answered by our team about The CleanCar System please visit – www.cleancar.io/faq. We hope all the Frequently asked questions were useful to you.

Wanting to contact the CleanCar team to find out more information on how to get CleanCar device and use our system? You can contact our team at helpdesk@cleancar.io or call our office 0845 600 6880. Please find us on Social Media and give us a follow @cleancarsystem.

Thank you.

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

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