Transportation is the source of a quarter of global carbon emissions, making it a critical industry for climate action. To accelerate the reduction of transportation related CO2 emissions, governments across the globe are setting ambitious targets for electrifying vehicle fleets.

For fleet owners and operators, the conversion process can feel complex and costly, requiring integration of new electric vehicle (EV) procurement with new major upgrades to energy infrastructure and operational alignment to changing technology. Working with fleet operators, Arup has developed Charge4Fleets™ to tackle this multidisciplinary challenge. Building on the success of Charge4All, Arup’s digital platform that addresses the equitable deployment of public chargers for electric vehicles, Charge4Fleets is a ready-to-use suite of digital solutions that provide industry leading analyses to streamline the conversion of fleets to all-electric, reducing cost and risk while speeding an orderly transition.

How it works

Charge4Fleets helps speed the fleet electrification conversion process while also strengthening decision-maker confidence and reducing range anxiety. It automates the data pipeline process and distills robust analytical results that explore the fleet and charging scenarios that are most cost effective, timely, and operationally achievable. By optimizing the spend to emission ratio of fleet electrification, Charge4Fleets can help our clients spend less and ensure investments lead to cost-effective emission savings. These insights are presented through high-quality data visualizations for reference across stakeholders and teams. A web-based platform provides comprehensible, interactive results and technical insights by merging a variety of data sets into an easy-to-understand dashboard.

The platform analyzes a variety of inputs — for fixed and non-fixed route operators — from general movement data like routes, stop times, and trip information to vehicle assignments and elevation data. Charge4Fleets then explores parameters like vehicle model, charging options, and the operational requirements while also taking into consideration external parameters like gradient changes, driving environments, driver behavior, and temperature changes. Once all interrelated factors are examined, fleet assessment plans, charging strategies, and evaluation of energy impacts are put into a comprehensive and dynamic model for interactive decision-making and scenario planning.

Discover how Charge4Fleets can help you

Maximise vehicle and fleet performance

A critical component of transitioning fleets to all-electric is ensuring there is sufficient and cost-effective charging infrastructure. This includes answering questions such as, what would be the energy demand if charging infrastructure were to be installed, which vehicles and routes are ready to be converted, and what happens if the trip dispatch changes? Charge4Fleets can help determine the necessary charging capacity and cost, route readiness, strategic charging depot locations, and cost-effective opportunity charging if needed. It can be further customized to suit unique fleet performance characteristics.

Streamline utility engagement

Connecting into utilities is a crucial step in a fleet’s electrification journey and determining the future impact on the grid requires consideration of a wide range of factors — from the type of electric vehicle to be utilized to the level of charger required. Charge4Fleets can rapidly characterize a client’s unique operating parameters to determine the energy opportunities for integrating their fleet into current utility infrastructure – and provide the key information and levers to support effective conversations with utility operators.

Integrate sustainability and resilience into infrastructure

In transitioning to electric bus fleets, Arup is often asked to focus significant attention on how to reliably, sustainably, and cost-effectively keep the fleet charged, as electricity may not always be available and can come with a high cost. Charge4Fleets addresses this issue by identifying the gaps, risks, and opportunities in time-based charge management and resulting variability in charging demand — lending opportunity to the development of co-located microgrids that reduce carbon emissions, optimize energy costs, and provide for energy resilience.

Build confidence in investment

By providing in-depth and data-driven financial analyses with scenario visualization, Charge4Fleets gives users the understanding needed to advance from feasibility to implementation. Our visually engaging platform and interactive maps, graphs, and visuals facilitate stakeholder conversation and decision-maker approvals, building confidence for the investment at each phase in the transition.

Looking to the future

We continue to develop Charge4Fleets. Our goal is to assist clients in their journeys to plan and implement fleet charging networks and to develop vital strategies and associated infrastructure for the next generation of transport. New infrastructure, whether it be electric charging or hydrogen fueling, will be the key to rapid adoption of new modes of mobility to decarbonize the transport sector and achieve net-zero emissions mobility.

Talk to us

You can access the Charge4Fleet services through regional practice leaders around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help you get the most out of your project at any stage of its lifecycle.