Bridgestone & Webfleet solutions highlighting fleet electrification at MOVE 2021
As part of their commitment to help shape sustainable future mobility, Bridgestone EMIA and its Webfleet Solutions subsidiary are supporting the adoption of electrified fleets across the region. As sponsors of MOVE 2021, both companies are today in London showcasing their work to address EV concerns among fleet customers and accelerate the electric future.
Electrified fleets save operators fuel and money and also help lower CO2 emissions. But with the growing impetus for electrified fleets comes pressing challenges; range anxiety and a perceived lack of EV infrastructure are common hurdles to electrification. To alleviate these concerns, Webfleet Solutions supports fleet managers and businesses on their journey into electrification, enhancing efficiency through Webfleet, its data-driven fleet management solution.
Shifting to electric
Faced with stricter regulations on carbon emissions and financial incentive schemes encouraging electrification – paired perhaps with an increased desire to live and work more sustainably – EV adoption is currently a major topic for fleet operators. Webfleet Solutions is enabling fleets to effectively manage the operation of their EVs, help them add EVs to their fleets efficiently and effectively, and minimise the cost of EV charging.
Despite fleet operators’ concerns about the viability of adding EVs to their commercial fleets, Webfleet Solutions believes the vast majority of cars and light commercial vehicles currently in commercial use across Europe could be replaced by electric models. By analysing anonymised and aggregated driving data from 100,000 connected commercial vehicles on its platform over a 12-month period, Webfleet Solutions estimates that 61 per cent of commercial vehicles in Europe could be replaced with EVs, based on daily driving distance. Furthermore, if those estimated to make the switch to electric vehicles actually do so, their collective petrol usage will drop by over 42 per cent and their diesel usage by just over 30 per cent. This fuel saving could lead to a 31 per cent collective reduction in CO2 emissions.
Identifying opportunities for electrification
While continuing to help monitor and optimise driving behaviours and general fleet operations, Webfleet now also offers a Fleet Electrification Planning Report tool. This tool helps Webfleet users identify vehicles in their fleet operation that could be replaced by an electric model, and can be used for fleets of all sizes to maximise electrification conversion opportunities.
Through Webfleet, fleet managers can gain remote insights into their electric and hybrid vehicles, providing real-time information on battery levels, charging state, remaining driving range and charging times, and identifying where the nearest charging stations are located. Webfleet also functions as a planning tool for fleets by giving visibility into when and where vehicles are charged – providing insights to help optimal trip planning based on the suitability of individual vehicle circumstances.
“Webfleet Solutions is not only committed to helping our customers get the most value from their EVs, but also to help them identify the best opportunities to make the switch,” says Jan-Maarten de Vries, chief executive officer of Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, speaking at MOVE 2021. “We’re continuously developing new EV features for Webfleet in order to smooth the path to an electrified future for our fleet customers. We’re a proud contributor to Bridgestone’s sustainability ambitions and fully integrated approach to make electric mobility more efficient and accessible to drivers and fleets.”