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Targa Telematics develops tool to help fleets switch to EVs

Targa Telematics has developed Targa Best Choice, a tool to monitor the efficiency and profitability of an electric conversion of fleet vehicles.

The tool analyses the fleet to identify cost saving opportunities and environmental impact and evaluates the cars that can be replaced with electric models.

Targa Best Choice analyses parameters including the historical data of the individual car, the type of driving and the context it is used in for an objective assessment of the efficiency and profitability of a possible reconversion of the cars, identifying the best choice of propulsion between thermal and hybrid electricity.

A licence plate number of a connected car is required, the company then produces a report on potential savings and CO2 reductions so that fleet managers can assess the entire fleet.

Alberto Falcione, VP sales at Targa Telematics, said: “Today more than ever digital technologies can offer a valuable contribution to the management and design of new forms of innovative and sustainable mobility.”

Earlier this year, Targa Telematics and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) signed a multi-year agreement for fleet management solutions for business customers.

Analysis performed by Targa Telematics on the fleets of long-term renters found 70% of vehicles of a large fleet could be easily replaced by electrically powered cars.

Targa Telematics says once the test has been completed, the company continues to assist the customer in managing the fleet's conversion, developing a plan for fleet managers and providing tools that enable the proper use of batteries, sizing and organisation of the charging infrastructure and verification of recharging.

Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live 2020: The virtual fleet expo

Video: Fleet News editor-in-chief Stephen Briers and events director Chris Lester introduce the 2020 virtual event and give a preview of what it will look like.

The annual event was due to take place at the NEC, Birmingham on October 6-7 but as a result of the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and after consultation with the visitor advisory board, Fleet News has taken the decision to hold an online event in November instead.

Among the exclusive features at the virtual event will be a special EV & Hybrid Showroom which will bring to life the latest electric models with interactive displays that will enable you to get up close to the UK’s best fleet suppliers.

Visitors and exhibitors will be able to communicate through live chat, participate in live Q&As, ‘visit’ branded booths, and find out about industry-leading technology solutions.

The decision to go virtual was made easier by the fact that around 40% of fleets already have, or expect to shortly have, a company travel ban that would prevent them from attending live events this year, while a similar proportion did not anticipate attending live events until sometime in 2021.



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