A brand new electric fleet: 10 potential questions from your drivers and answers to help them during the transition

Oct 18, 2023 · 8 min read · blog

With many countries and local governments positioning to transition to green energy, it's no surprise that big organizations are looking to update their fleets to electric vehicles. The transition to an electric fleet is a significant step toward sustainability and reducing emissions, but it also involves a lot of changes and adjustments.

As a fleet manager or operator, one of the biggest challenges you might face is helping your drivers through the transition. Most of them have probably driven gasoline or diesel vehicles their entire careers, and the idea of switching to electric vehicles might be intimidating. In this blog post, we'll answer 10 potential questions your drivers might have during the transition to an electric fleet and give you some tips on how to help them make the switch.

1. What's the range of an electric vehicle, and how far can I drive on a single charge?

The range of an electric vehicle varies depending on the make and model, as well as driving conditions and the weather. However, most modern EVs have a range of at least 320 km/200 miles on a single charge. The best way to maximize the range is to drive conservatively, avoid rapid acceleration and braking, and use regenerative braking to recharge the battery while braking.

2. How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

Charging time depends on the charging station's power output, the battery's capacity, and the charging method used. Level 1 charging (plugging into a regular household outlet) takes the longest time, usually around 8 to 12 hours. Level 2 charging (using a 240-volt charging station) takes about 4 to 6 hours to fully charge the battery. DC fast charging is the fastest way to charge an EV, and it can provide up to an 80% charge in as little as 30 minutes.

3. How do I find charging stations, and are they easy to use?

There are several apps and websites that can help you locate charging stations, and some EV models also have built-in navigation systems that can show you nearby charging points. Most chargers s are user-friendly and easy to use, just like a gas pump. Some might require an account or registration, but the instructions are usually clear and straightforward.

4. What if I run out of charge on the road?

Running out of charge on the road is a concern for many drivers, but it's not as common as you might think. Most EVs have a range estimator that can tell you how far you can go on your current charge, and there are usually plenty of charging stations along the way. If you do run out of juice, some EV models have a feature called "limp-home mode," which allows you to drive at a reduced speed to the nearest charging station or your final destination.

5. How does an electric vehicle handle different weather conditions?

Like any other vehicle, EVs are affected by weather conditions, especially extreme temperatures. Cold weather can reduce the range and performance of an EV, while hot weather can cause the battery to degrade faster. However, most modern EVs have features such as pre-conditioning (heating or cooling the cabin before driving) and battery thermal management (managing the battery temperature for optimal performance and longevity).

6. Do electric vehicles require more maintenance than gasoline vehicles?

EVs have fewer moving parts than gasoline vehicles, which means they require less maintenance and have lower operating costs. However, EVs still need regular maintenance, such as tire rotations, brake inspections, and battery checks. Some EV models also require coolant changes and air filter replacements.

7. How does an electric vehicle handle the road compared to a gasoline vehicle?

Electric vehicles handle similarly to gasoline vehicles, with a few differences. EVs are typically quieter and smoother than gasoline vehicles, with instant torque and acceleration. However, they might feel different when regenerative braking is active, and some drivers might need time to adjust to one-pedal driving.

8. How does an electric vehicle impact the environment?

Electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions, which means they don't contribute to air pollution or greenhouse gases. The production of EVs and their batteries does have an environmental impact, mainly due to mining and refining of raw materials, however, the sustainability benefits of EVs outweigh their environmental impact in the long run, especially when paired with clean energy sources like solar or wind power.

9. How do I get used to the different driving experience of an electric vehicle?

The best way to get used to driving an electric vehicle is to practice. Take the time to read the owner's manual, learn about the EV's features and controls, and take it for a test drive. Start by driving in calm and familiar areas, and gradually increase your range and confidence.

10. What if I have more questions or concerns about electric vehicles?

If you have more questions or concerns about electric vehicles, don't hesitate to reach out to your fleet manager or EV supplier. They can provide you with the information and support you need to make the transition to electric vehicles as smooth as possible.


Switching to an electric fleet is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your overall operational costs. As a fleet manager or operations manager, it's vital to ensure that the drivers in your fleet are comfortable driving electric vehicles. Addressing their questions and concerns about electric cars is a great place to start. By highlighting the benefits of electric vehicles and explaining the technology behind it, you can help ease their minds and facilitate a smooth transition to the new electric fleet. Additionally, providing additional support to your drivers during the switch, such as training on electric vehicle systems, technology, and operating procedures, can help ensure a seamless transition.

Seamless transition to electric: Volteum empowers fleet managers and drivers every step of the way

Transitioning to an electric fleet can bring numerous questions and concerns for both fleet managers and drivers, but Volteum can ensure that the process is smooth and comfortable for everyone involved. In our comprehensive solution, Electric Fleet Operations, we offer optimized route planning, accurate energy forecasting, and precise charging calculations.

  • By utilizing live data, including fleet history, road topology, and weather conditions, our software enables fleet managers to optimize their operations, increase vehicle utilization, and minimize range anxiety.
  • Through our charging optimization feature, we strategically schedule charging sessions to maximize utilization time and make the most of charging infrastructure. By shifting a significant percentage of public charging sessions to depot charge points, we reduce reliance on external charging stations, leading to substantial cost savings and more comfort for drivers and fleet operators alike.
  • Additionally, we provide EV routing capabilities, assigning addresses and routes to the most optimal electric vehicles, ensuring the fastest and most cost-effective routes and that no vehicle will ever go out of charge.
  • Our software also offers fleet statistics, providing an overview of the fleet's operation, including mileage, usage, and CO2 emissions. By leveraging advanced algorithms and real-time data, our software saves companies 3-10% of their total fleet cost through reduced fuel consumption and optimized route efficiency.

With Volteum's comprehensive solution, fleet managers and drivers can confidently navigate the transition to an electric fleet, making operations easier, faster, and more sustainable.

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