The rise of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) has made the automotive industry an exciting place to be. For fleet owners and managers, this can mean a lot of potential benefits: lower emissions, less maintenance, increased reliability and more efficient use of resources. However, there are also some drawbacks that you need to consider before incorporating AFVs into your fleet plan. In this article, we’ll discuss some strategies for properly using AFVs in your fleet.
Adopt a policy.
Your first step to properly using AFVs is adopting a policy that outlines how employees can use them. You’ll want to make sure you are aware of the risks and limitations associated with AFVs, as well as how your employees should use them.
This means that you need to educate yourself on proper procedures for:
- Charging and storing batteries
- Operating vehicles safely in inclement weather conditions (rainy days, snowy nights)
Educate your employees.
In order to ensure the proper use of AFVs, it’s important that your employees are properly trained. This includes educating them on how AFVs differ from traditional vehicles and how they should be operated and maintained. In addition, you should train your staff in recognizing drivability issues with the vehicles as well as maintenance problems that may arise during operation.
Plan for drivability issues.
When you’re planning for an AFV, you need to be prepared for a few different things. For starters, these vehicles are going to be different from traditional vehicles in several ways. The fuel types and machinery used by AFVs require special maintenance procedures that aren’t always easy to find or understand. Additionally, many AFVs cost more than their traditional counterparts because of the specialized parts they require–and these higher prices can make them harder on your budget if you don’t plan ahead for them!
AFVs may also have shorter service lives than traditional cars; this means that if something goes wrong with an AFV during its lifespan (which is typically shorter), then it will likely need replacing sooner rather than later (before too much damage occurs).
Consider maintenance scheduling.
While AFVs are generally more efficient than traditional vehicles, they still require regular maintenance. In fact, because of the unique nature of AFVs and their electric powertrains, you may need to be extra vigilant about scheduling routine service appointments.
- Consider maintenance scheduling: One area where this is particularly true is with respect to your vehicle’s battery pack. Because it draws energy from a high-voltage source (upwards of 400 volts), you cannot allow an AFV’s battery pack to become completely depleted or overcharged–doing so could result in irreparable damage or even fire! As such, many owners choose not only regular oil changes but also quarterly inspections that include monitoring charge capacity levels as well as checking tire pressure and tread depth measurements against manufacturer specifications.*
AFVs can be part of a fleet strategy; just make sure you understand their limitations and risks
AFVs can be part of a fleet strategy, but they’re not right for every fleet. You need to understand their limitations and risks before you invest in them.
AFVs are not cost effective for all fleets because they have limitations that must be considered: range, refueling time, vehicle weight and size restrictions on roads, driver training requirements (if using autonomous technology), maintenance costs over time (particularly battery replacements), etcetera.*
There are many benefits to using AFVs in your fleet. They can help reduce emissions, save money on fuel costs and maintenance, and even boost employee morale. However, these vehicles also come with some unique challenges that you’ll need to consider before making the switch. Properly planning for these issues will help ensure that your fleet remains efficient and safe while it makes the transition towards greener technology.”