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EVAN Project: Establishing business case and environmental justification for electric vehicle fleets

by Sonja Mulabdic, posted on 12:25 PM, July 19, 2013
EVAN study helps support the evidence that incorporating electric vehicle (EV) technology into fleets makes both business and environmental sense.
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The results are in! A comparative study by Pollution Probe with the support of CrossChasm Technologies and Fleet Challenge Ontario, the Electric Vehicle Analysis project (EVAN) helps support the evidence that incorporating electric vehicle (EV) technology into fleets makes both business and environmental sense.

This year-long study involved testing three conventional gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles and three electric vehicles collecting all critical information such as vehicle kilometers travelled, and fuel/electricity usage. The results were used to complete a comprehensive life cycle analysis and estimate Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for electric vehicles when used for fleet purposes. 

Both the environmental and economic benefits of replacing conventional fleet vehicles with EVs were noticeably high. Data gathered showed that EVs produced 21 times less CO2 equivalent emissions per year, even when emissions from the generation of electricity (upstream emissions) were considered. The cost recovery time for EVs (after government rebates) was between 0.7 and 2.5 years. These findings prove that EVs are not only better for the environment but can also bring considerable savings in operational costs to private and government fleet operators, since an EV fleet life cycle is generally about 10 years long. (Calculations are based on Ontario data).

The full report on Project EVAN can be found online here.

Food for Thought: An EV may not be a suitable replacement for every vehicle in your fleet. The key is to find the duty cycles that can be best served by an electric car. High utilization within a confined range and returning-to-base is the optimal application, and where you'll find the biggest savings.  

About Plug in BC

Plug In BC is an initiative led by the Province of BC to lay the groundwork for plug-in electric vehicles and related electric charging infrastructure.

This is a broad collaboration that includes BC Hydro, the City of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, Fraser Basin Council (Green Fleets BC), BC Institute of Technology and University of Victoria (Institute for Integrated Energy Systems).

Learn more about the work of Plug in BC in our overview.

 

About the Community Charging Infrastructure Fund

A cornerstone of Plug in BC is the Community Charging Infrastructure (CCI) Fund. This fund offers incentives to both public and private sector to help build a network of 570 electric vehicle charging stations across BC for use by the public and by fleets.

The Fund is overseen by the BC Ministry of Environment and BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, and administered by the Fraser Basin Council.

Reach Us

For more about Plug in BC and other green fleet initiatives, contact:

Charlotte Argue
Transportation Analyst
Green Fleets BC

Fraser Basin Council
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Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

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