2022 proved to be a year full of challenges, including the field of fleet management. Even if 2023 does not seem to be any more relaxing, what we can do is make sure we are prepared ahead of time for any change. That is why we investigated what trends are being announced this year and compiled a small guide to help you stay up to date with the world of car fleets.
We must take care of what we have!
The problem of new vehicle purchases first appeared in 2021 and it seems to follow us in the upcoming year as well. Due to long delivery times, ever-increasing acquisition costs and even some canceled orders, many fleet managers who have ordered new vehicles are increasingly unsure that they will finally be able to get their hands on them.
So, to maintain fleet performance, two options remain. Either increasing the operating life of the already owned vehicles or renting new ones. The advantage of car maintenance is not only the ability to use them for a longer period of time, but also the reduction of overall costs. A carefully driven car will use less fuel, have fewer breakdowns, and it will not have accidents as often.
But how can you ensure that your drivers will comply with these rules? Through niche solutions, such as Driver Behavior, developed by #TrackGPS. You can determine driving style by tracking parameters such as accelerations, decelerations, and sudden braking, along with the road sections on which they occurred.
Accelerated transition to electric vehicles
The European Union plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel engine cars soon, starting in 2035. This measure follows the decision of the European Parliament and the European Commission that car manufacturers must reduce CO2 emissions by 100% by 2035.
The challenges that come with the transition to electric vehicles are the necessary infrastructure, managing idling time and calculating the ideal charging period.
The good news is that this radical change will bring down the price of electric vehicles over time. As a result, they will become more accessible and available in greater numbers.
More than vehicles
With the advancement of electric vehicles, new opportunities appear regarding data collection, performance, and management, as these vehicles become a platform themselves. We are talking about equipping the vehicle with the desired functionalities after the purchase, advanced battery management solutions, augmented reality displays, intuitive safety functions and “infotainment”.
Therefore, we can expect more and more from our vehicles! Through their customizable functionalities, they become our partners for efficient usage.
Improved operating costs for trucks
Truck fleets become more efficient year by year, thanks to the optimized routes they follow. 2023 can be no exception in this case, so any truck fleet should benefit from routing software. It calculates the most efficient options, considering journey time, destination, possible stops along the way and traffic.
In the end, the results can be seen through the significant reduction of dead times, the efficiency of fuel consumption and the increase of driver satisfaction.
Your fleet data – more complex than ever
In 2023, fleet data will become increasingly available, given the methods of collecting and consolidating it, which are continuously developing. Fleet management solutions aim to improve data collection and extend it through telematics and application programming interfaces.
As a result, you will be able to benefit from much more complex reports. They will give you even more valuable information about vehicle status, costs, driver performance and return on investment.
Although such a large volume of information may seem overwhelming, it will be handled by fleet management software, as it will aggregate the data and present it in the form of customizable reports. Thus, you will benefit from real-time, easy-to-access information.
What is your view on the future? We are sure that with the challenges that will arise this year, we will benefit from development opportunities to match.