Rubber duck and the Green Convoy

A chance this week to learn about Fuel Fleet efficiency and see whether the global energy transition has intruded upon their world. Immersed as I am in the world of global offshore wind development and electrical energy storage, I was keen to see how the fleet transport sector is preparing for the future.

We were guided through the intricacies of the subject by Paul Jorgenson for who, like me, was formerly with Shell and headed up their logistics offer in the middle east Here are six things I learned

1 There is nothing new about electric vehicle fleets.  Harrods maintained one a hundred years ago and with their silent and non-polluting benefits their vehicles were a familiar and popular sight around London, The Co-op even delivered bread with them around Birmingham.

2 We are rapidly moving to an era of sustainable transport made possible by advances in battery technology

3 There are 100 moving parts in a typical electrical vehicle as opposed to around 14 000 on an internal combustion engine.  This will result in significant cost reductions on the maintenance side of vehicle ownership and is of interest to fleet owners.

4 Data is crucial.  The electrical vehicles are driven in a different way and drivers pedestrians and even guide- dogs should be made aware of the lack of noise.

5 SME’s should consider an in house ‘fuel champion’ looking and understanding their fleet and mi ning the data that comes with the telematics involved in an internet of things

6 Initial costs are high but refuelling cost around a quarter of that of a traditional engine.  Exemptions from environmental and urban legislation will give tradesmen who act early a competitive advantage over rival who delay and may find themselves subject to bans or regulations in major UK conurbations.