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Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment FAQ
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Browse frequently asked questions about the Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment Add-in in Geotab Marketplace, including how the assessment works, what questions it can help answer, how it performs range and cost analyses, and what types of vehicles the assessment supports.
The Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment (EVSA) is a MyGeotab Marketplace Add-In intended to help fleet managers go electric by identifying fleet vehicles that are good candidates for EV.
The EVSA analyzes fleet vehicle driving data and recommends an EV replacement when two conditions are met:
The EVSA is designed to help fleet managers answer the following questions:
The EVSA leverages two data sources to make a recommendation:
Telematics data is used to get an accurate view of each vehicle’s daily driving distance and fuel consumption. Each vehicle’s daily driving distance is calculated and compared to the real-world range of selected EVs. If there is an EV that satisfies the daily range requirements, then the EV goes through a lifetime cost analysis.
To determine whether an EV is cost effective, the lifetime cost of the candidate EV is compared to the lifetime cost of an equivalent brand new non-EV. If the EV’s lifetime cost is lower than that of the non-EV, then that EV is recommended as a replacement for the fleet vehicle.
For an EV to be recommended as a replacement to an existing fleet vehicle, the EV must be able to meet daily driving distance requirements without needing to charge during the day.
For this analysis, the EVSA uses the EV’s worst range performance in the fleet region’s annual operating temperature when the battery efficiency is degraded and the driver is expected to use the heating or cooling system all day.
If the EV’s degraded range is lower than the maximum daily driven distance for a fleet vehicle, then the EV is not recommended as replacement.
The EVSA calculates the lifetime cost of replacing a vehicle with an EV and compares it with replacing it with a non-EV. The following cost components are usually considered:
If the EV lifetime cost is higher than the non-EV equivalent, then the EV is not recommended as a replacement.
The EV Suitability Assessment add-in supports the following vehicle types:
The EV Suitability Assessment is available officially in the following countries:
Country support covers the following:
If you reside in an unsupported country, the EVSA will still work with the following caveats:
We recommend that each vehicle selected for the EVSA has at least four weeks of driving data to get meaningful results. Fleets with seasonal drive cycles are advised to include more driving data to account for seasonality.
The EVSA Add-In requires a service account to communicate with MyGeotab. The service account retrieves trip data — required by the Add-In — to run the suitability analysis. The user installing the Add-In must have the authorization to create user accounts; otherwise, the installation fails. The Service Account has access to the same vehicles and groups as the user who creates the account. To ensure all users have access to the EVSA Add-In, an Administrator with access to all groups and vehicles in the database should install the Add-In (i.e. the “Data Access” property of the Service Account must be set to “Everything” in the Edit User screen).
The EVSA Add-In requires that the user completing the EVSA has access to all vehicles in the database. In other words, the user’s Data Access property must be set to Everything in the MyGeotab Edit User screen.
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