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Geotab introduces two tools to help fleets go electric

Electric vehicle battery health has a direct impact not only on maximum usable range over time but also the vehicle’s residual value

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Geotab announced the launch of its Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Degradation Tool which, through aggregated data collected from 6,300 EVs, offers a comparison and assessment of battery health in EVs over time. Announced at Geotab Connect 2020, the tool leverages data processed from EVs representing 64 makes, models and years to help showcase how real-world conditions influence battery health. The tool is currently focused on light-duty vehicles.

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The findings suggest that if degradation rates remain constant, most batteries will outlast the usable life of the vehicle and go on to provide energy storage for many more years.

Electric vehicle battery health has a direct impact not only on maximum usable range over time but also the vehicle’s residual value. Geotab’s EV Battery Degradation Tool examines real-world performance of EVs over time and provides a detailed comparison across different makes and models to help facilitate informed purchasing decisions.

“Considering we are in the early stages of EV adoption, the health of the battery has been a top concern for fleet owners and individuals,” said Matt Stevens, vice president of electric vehicles at Geotab. “From a life-cycle perspective, battery health is key since it is the most expensive component in an EV and impacts vehicle range. With Geotab’s free EV Battery Degradation Tool, fleet operators, early EV adopters and those considering the purchase of an EV will have the information they need to make more informed driving, maintenance and buying decisions moving forward.”

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A brief overview of Geotab’s findings:

• If current degradation rates are maintained, the vast majority of batteries will outlast the usable life of the vehicle.
• The average decline in energy storage is 2.3% per year. For a 150-mile EV, owners are likely to lose 17 miles of accessible range after five years.
• Batteries with good thermal management show slower degradation.
• Battery-powered vehicles with bigger state-of-charge buffers result in a longer lasting battery pack.
• Higher vehicle use does not necessarily equal higher battery degradation.
• Vehicles driven in hot temperatures show a faster decline in battery health.
• The use of direct-current (DC) fast-chargers appears to speed up the process of degradation but there is not much difference in battery health based on frequent use of Level 1 versus Level 2 charging.

You can access the tool and read more information here: https://www.geotab.com/blog/ev-battery-health/

Second tool: Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment

Specifically designed to enable fleets to go electric, the Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment (EVSA) helps fleet managers determine electric vehicle suitability by analyzing their existing telematics data and creating an electrification recommendation based on each vehicle’s distinctive driving patterns, Geotab explained. The assessment currently includes applications for up to light-duty delivery vans.

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Geotab’s EVSA solution identifies which electric vehicles meet range requirements, make the most financial sense and will ultimately help make electrification as seamless as possible for fleets. Based on telematics data, fleets are provided with a report which provides: lifetime cost and financial analysis, range assurance with best fit analysis and an environmental impact analysis that calculates fuel and CO2 emissions reductions.

“The Electric Vehicle Suitability Assessment evaluates your current fleet and creates a multi-year procurement plan to help you electrify it,” said Matt Stevens, Vice President of Electric Vehicles at Geotab. “The EVSA provides all of the information required to help ensure you are putting the best-fit electric vehicles into your fleet — so you don’t end up adopting a vehicle that does not work for you.”

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Geotab’s EVSA solution is available as a free Add-In on the Geotab Marketplace, a growing portfolio of mobile apps, software Add-Ins and hardware Add-Ons that enable Geotab customers to better manage their fleets.

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