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27 Dec 23

Steven Schoefs: Fleet Sustainability when EV is not an option

During the Global Fleet Summit Virtual Experience on 5 December 2023, fleet professionals were invited to provide a short, but to-the-point response to one of 12 central questions.

Steven Schoefs, Head of Strategic Relations at Global Fleet, answers the question: “How to achieve a sustainable fleet wherever EV is not an option?”

Unsurmountable barriers?

Steven Schoefs outlined several factors that might impede electrification but clarified that they are not insurmountable barriers. He touched upon adoption readiness among drivers, stressing that despite concerns regarding range and charging accessibility, behavioral adjustments could significantly alleviate these worries. Furthermore, he highlighted the evolving landscape where, from a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) perspective, many EVs already offer cost advantages over Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) counterparts, with a growing market of affordable EVs expected.

Highlighting the necessity of clean energy for EV efficiency, Steven Schoefs urged companies to explore renewable energy sources like solar or wind power, adapting solutions according to regional resources.

Toolbox

However, when EV adoption remains unfeasible, he unveiled the Sustainability Toolbox as an alternative framework. Emphasizing diversification, he encouraged companies to leverage a combination of strategies tailored to their unique profiles and drivers.

Strategies included minimizing travel through alternative mobility options, advocating for remote work to reduce commuting, promoting sustainable driving habits through training and monitoring tools, and investing in renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines.

Recognizing the viability of hybrid vehicles, particularly in regions reliant on non-renewable energy sources, Steven Schoefs recommended their implementation as a possible affordable and more pragmatic solution.

Lastly, Steven Schoefs discussed carbon offsetting as an interim solution awaiting regulation. While cautioning against relying solely on this approach, he suggested its inclusion as part of the long-term sustainability toolkit

Relive the “Answers that Matter” from the Global Fleet Summit Virtual Experience

Authored by: Yves Helven