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.
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.