What's a shared electric vehicle fleet, you ask? Well, according to Fraunhofer IAO, eight project partners and the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the Shared E-Fleet, as they like to call it, is where a number of different companies and organizations share a single fleet of electric vehicles.
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The logistics of this is what the Shared E-Fleet project hopes to work out, but the theory behind it is easily understood: a single fleet of electric vehicles can be accessed as needed by tons of companies. Easy enough, right?
Share E-Fleet says that, in Germany, some 100,000 companies use corporate fleets, with most of these fleets run by small and medium-sized companies. This type of user could benefit by sharing a fleet with others, rather than the other alternative, which is to purchase and maintain a fleet of their own.
The Shared E-Fleet research project hopes to come up with suitable IT solutions, smart energy management and profitable business models for shared electric vehicle fleets.
Shared E-Fleet will run a variety of pilot schemes at the Stuttgarter Engineering Park and Münchner Technologiezentrum technology park to access how such a program works under real conditions.
The end goal is to get Germany to its goal of 1 million electric vehicles on its roads by 2020 and these shared EV fleets could go a long way in assisting the nation in reaching that mark.