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Vehicle electrification (EVs) is the future. The world sees these cars as a solid solution to high emissions, especially in the transportation sector. It’s believed that electric vehicles emit less than a half of what gasoline-powered cars, or the manufacturing industry, dispose of.

In addition, road transportation consumes a lot of energy. To overcome these challenges, many specialists propose making sustainable and responsible choices as a solution. In fact, electric and hybrid-electric cars will support road transportation going forward.

Electric vehicles are charged using grid electricity, however, companies switching to electric mobility face a lot of hurdles.  This article will highlight the challenges of vehicle electrification in companies.

Availability of Charging Infrastructures

Electric vehicles are not refueled at an ordinary gas station, but a charging station outlet. In fact, most EV owners do it at their home. This works well because, on average, they drive 29 miles per day. The current charging stations are owned by energy or auto companies and business owners. They pay for construction because they want to attract EV users.

However, an eCommerce or a logistics company that makes long-distance trips requires multiple stops for charging. This is likely to cause range anxiety due to the fear of their vehicles possibly running out of power in between charging stations.

Overloading the Electric Grid

Many companies are going to trade off gasoline-powered trucks and cars for a fleet of EVs. This implies that a large amount of people and cars will depend on the same electric grid, hence, there will be an increased demand for power.

For this reason, countries supporting vehicle electrification must increase their power generation capacity to accommodate these vehicles. Otherwise, the grid will be strained due to a high penetration of EVs. Most of these will be fleets from the world’s most popular logistic companies or eCommerce giants.

Technology Keeps on Evolving

The challenge of vehicle electrification in companies is likely to find a permanent solution in the foreseeable future, as technology will keep on evolving over time. In fact, there are more electric vans and cars now than in the past decades.

Moreover, when fleets’ charging demands increase and tech evolves for the better, investors will need to keep on upgrading and building more charge points. This is especially necessary for businesses that don’t get it right in the first place or those who are simply doing it from a CSR point of view.

Vehicle Costs

Making more sustainable choices in the automobile industry comes at a higher cost. EVs have a higher sticker price compared to gasoline-fueled vehicles. Also, installing the EVs DC fast-charging stations is expensive, plus it relies on a charging system. The good news is that these costs are falling steeply as the concept becomes more popular.

Companies switching to EVs entirely require a remarkable investment. In fact, many businesses and sectors would be willing to adopt this technology if EVs and gasoline-powered cars were retailing at a more similar price. However, the savings over time are worth both the effort and the investment.

Wrap Up

The world is slowly embracing EVs, but the challenges of vehicle electrification in companies still troubles most entrepreneurs.

In fact, eCommerce and logistic companies with operational fleets are worried about charging infrastructures, overloading power grids and the high costs of completely switching to EVs.

Nevertheless, millions are willing to make these changes since this is a good step towards ensuring a future for our planet. Furthermore, although the initial investment is quite high at first, companies who make these sustainable decisions are more likely to reap more benefits in the long run. It’s also expected that there will be more charge stations and the cost of setting up an operational fleet will reduce.

 

Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at Startup.info.

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