If you been lucky enough to hook an electric vehicle up to an ultra-rapid charger, and watch as a near-empty battery charges in a matter of minutes, you will know it’s a tremendously satisfying experience.

For many businesses looking to transition to EVs, the temptation is to think they must install the fastest possible chargers, straight away. In some cases, this will be the right approach but in others, and in fact the vast majority of instances, it’s not.

This is because many fleets may not need to charge vehicles in a matter of minutes. Their vehicles might spend a significant amount of time off road in any 24-hour period, and so have plenty of time to charge at leisure.

Why should this matter? Well, the cost of installing ultra-rapid DC charging can run into tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds once the necessary infrastructure, groundworks and grid upgrades have taken place, and some of these projects can take months, if not years, to complete.

So you need to ask yourself: am I over-specifying my chargepoint requirements? Because investing heavily in fewer ultra-rapid chargers, when a bank of pretty standard  AC chargers would do the job at a fraction of the price, is not good business, and could wipe out any savings you could make from running EVs for years.

It’s easy to see how over-specification could happen. Most businesses are stepping into the unknown when running EVs. Unlike with petrol or diesel vehicles, they have no historical data to fall back on and they’re unsure of exactly how running EVs might change the daily usage and routines of work. It makes sense, then, to adopt a risk averse approach and give the business some wiggle room.

This wiggle room could cost a fortune though.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way anymore. For most businesses, the majority of their operational requirements are fairly predictable, once you have the ability to really drill deep into the data.

That’s where the Infrastructure Design Tool in Dynamon’s ZERO software can help. Fleets can model, analyse and predict their charging needs by vehicle, job, location, department, region or any other factor.

That way, they can see exactly what is needed, and where. It might be that you do need ultra-rapid chargers, but crucially, having proved the need through ZERO, you can make a strong case for the funding, rather than installing them ‘just in case’.

But the software might also show you only need the cheapest slowest chargers too, because vehicles can sit for a long time, or can pop in for opportunity charging through their working time.

Avoiding over-specification through analysis and modelling with ZERO ensures you optimise your electric fleet operation, spending only what’s needed, where it’s needed.

This will speed up the transition to EV, because the business will have confidence it is making the right choices every time, and so avoiding those lengthy, costly tests, pilot schemes and upgrades. Instead, you can put the right chargers and the right vehicles in the right place, first time.

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