How GPS Fleet Tracking Works on Electric Vehicles

With electric and hybrid car sales rocketing, especially amongst businesses which operate large fleets, we have to readjust the way that we mange these fleets. There is of course a huge array of benefits to switching to electric vehicles for business, and cost saving is chief among them. This cost saving extends far beyond the lower cost of charging the battery versus adding fuel. In reality the trucks and cars which offer electric technology have been shown to require less by way of maintenance and are some of the safest vehicles on the road. 

GPS tracking is critical to the management of any fleet, and here is how this function works on an electric vehicle. 

Importance of Fleet Tracking 

Almost all companies which fall within logistics and shipping require fleet tracking software in order to maximize the safety of their cars and their drivers. This software helps companies instantly identify and track their vehicles; not to mention the use of the mapping system which increases the speed between two points. 

Concerns Around Electric Vehicle GPS Fleet Tracking 

Speaking in the most basic terms, switching a GPS tracker from a fuel-driven vehicle to an electric one is seamless and requires no additional technology. With this being said there are some concerns which many have around the use of GPS fleet tracking for electric and hybrid cars. The main concern is that the battery will be drained quicker, thus requiring a vehicle to be charged up more often, impacted costs and planning. These worries however can be quickly forgotten as the tracker uses such minimal energy that it won’t have a bearing on the use of the vehicle. 

Installation of VHF 

By and large what we are seeing in the new electric vehicles is not GPS tracking, but tracking which uses VHF technology. The reason for this is that GPS had two flaws; the first was that it could be easily jammed by criminals and the second was that it could lose signal when vehicles went under bridges or through heavy woodland. VHF on the other hand uses stronger wavelengths which prevent both of these issues from occurring. 

Any business which was using old GPS fleet tracking software may require an update when they invest in electric vehicles, so that it works in line with the new VHF technology. This is a low cost and low effort switch which will ensure that all vehicles in the fleet are able to be tracked with ease.

Use on Multiple Vehicles

Not all companies are able to invest in a fully new fleet of electric vehicles, and this can result in a combination of electric and of fuel vehicles in the fleet. In such a situation it may be easier o remain with the GPS technology but no additional changes will have to be made to either the fuel or the electric vehicles

As the world moves in favor of electric vehicles, GPS fleet tracking software once again shows its dexterity in terms of moving with the times, without having to change.