eFleet and Battery Navigator - two innovative approaches for e-mobility
Electromobility has gained importance in recent years and is calling for cultural and structural change. The increasing number of new registrations of electric vehicles is both a positive contribution to the environment and a challenge for the ecosystem of e-mobility. With our two solutions, eFleet Navigator and Battery Navigator, we offer our customers innovative approaches to advance electromobility.
Electromobility has arrived at corporate vehicle fleets, but most fleet managers and fleet operators face new challenges in the transition to e-mobility. To manage and issue e-fleet vehicles, the e-mobilist needs access to diverse charging solutions via heterogeneous access media, technical services for charging infrastructure, solutions for individual billing, and e-mobility app solutions. Within the scope of a survey among fleet managers, we have identified the range of requirements and offer consulting services in the following areas:
Only five percent of the fleet managers surveyed trust car manufacturers to provide holistic e-mobility solutions for fleet managers. Almost one in three trusts the established providers of e-mobility solutions and one in four the energy suppliers. It is, therefore, essential to find the right partner for your concept.
Investment and operating costs are usually the biggest hurdles for the conversion to electromobility. As technology is continuously developing, companies want to be sure that they are investing in a reliable and future-proof solution. Automated billing processes are just as crucial as straightforward and dependable functions to achieve high user acceptance in addition to an attractive price.
The preferred charging location is the company site. An important reason is better cost planning, which contrasts with users' desire to charge on the move (in the home country and abroad) and at home. All intransparent roaming charges and heterogeneous billing and installation costs (wall boxes) must be integrated into an overall solution concept. First of all, users want to get from A to B as comfortably as possible. Only then can planning be guaranteed, which is especially essential for companies.
With the increasing number of electric vehicles, charging at the company site requires implementing a controllable load and energy management system. With this system's help, the connected load can be dynamically controlled, and capacities for coping with peak loads can be significantly reduced.
The main reasons for the initial reluctance of end consumers and fleet managers to buy electric vehicles are low range, uncertainty regarding service life, and residual value. The primary culprit when it comes to vehicle costs – from 30-50 percent – can be attributed to the HV battery. Car manufacturers, suppliers, and insurance companies also lack experience regarding the aging behavior of batteries. Due to the recent increase in the number of registered PHEV and BEV vehicles, the cost risk, such as warranty costs and residual value including second use, is also increasing.
Our HV Battery Navigator is a cloud-based battery analysis solution with real-time overview and monitoring, combining data and predictive analytics with business requirements. We enable our customers to identify the key factors influencing battery aging through monitoring. Self-learning algorithms help predict battery aging, and by influencing the identified and relevant parameters, the state-of-health (SoH) can be optimized.
Based on the HV Battery Navigator, new use cases and business models arise along the value chain. From optimizing the warranty rate by monitoring and incentivizing the global trade and service organization, individual leasing offers for end customers with cashback at the end of the term to improved fleet management based on reduced downtime of autonomously driving vehicles. This ensures seamless integration into the existing process landscape. The battery's optimized performance values also mean higher performance values for a second-use application and thus increased sales prices.
Through BearingPoint's consultancy and the use of our HV Battery Navigator, you benefit from all our experience and expertise to overcome the challenges of building an HV battery ecosystem. We help you to set up "Battery Monitoring" and "Predictive Analytics" in your company and develop new business areas in after sales or leasing.