Detailed end-to-end simulation delivers better electric vehicle strategies
EVs & OPERATIONS
Understanding vehicle journeys is key to a robust fleet electrification strategy.
Requirements can vary by site and time of year
Commercial vehicles move goods and people to support business needs. These journeys can vary greatly by time of year and depot whilst numbering thousands per day. We simulate all vehicle movements across the year to understand the full breadth of operations now and in future. This enables EV cost savings to be maximised whilst maintaining operational flexibility.
UNDERSTAND THE OPTIONS
Charger and vehicle choices affect costs and operational flexibility.
One size may not fit all
There are substantial differences in terms of payload, cost, and range between EV models. Charger choices determine how quickly vehicles can be turned around between shifts but can also add costs. Flexible Power Systems is independent, we consider all the options and identify the best combination by simulating how different charger and vehicle types will perform at each depot.
BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE
Detailed modelling identifies the best and most robust business and carbon case.
Remove the Barriers
Commercial vehicles have demanding requirements and their running costs affect a company’s bottom line. The business case for commercial fleet electrification needs to consider the complete range of operating conditions across the fleet. By understanding what vehicles are doing daily, a granular and transparent picture of cost and emissions can be developed to support decision making.
PLANNING EV ROLL OUT
Well planned EV roll out strategies minimise risks and prove savings.
The Right Trials Strategy
It is not just about avoiding range constraints. By understanding in detail what EVs will need to do, we can design trials and roll out programmes that validate EV feasibility in contexts that are both realistic and likely to maximise cost and carbon benefits. Our modelling tools can also incorporate field trials data for easy interpretation in the context of the original business case.
MANAGING EV INFRASTRUCTURE
EV charging loads can add MWs to site power requirements.
Manage EV Connection Cost Risks
EV charging power requirements can add up, especially when vehicles are in heavy use. By modelling individual vehicle charging at a half-hourly level across the year, site power demands become transparent. Once these are known, connection options and mitigations like smart charging, energy storage or demand response can be explored in detail to ensure risks and costs are managed.
Flexible Power Systems’ EVNow toolset combines large scale data analytics, machine learning, and energy modelling to enable fact driven and robust EV business cases and roll out strategies.
EVNow was developed as part of a collaboration with Heriot Watt’s Supply Chain Research group and has been tested by modelling millions of journeys.
It simulates vehicle fleets at enterprise scale over extended time periods so the best fleet electrification strategies can be identified, developed and tested.