In 2020, the recipient made significant progress on market discovery, customer development, and securing market traction for MyFleetBuy (MFB).The MFB software has been tested with fleet telematics data from pilot fleets from Alameda County and Caltrans. Feedback from the pilot fleets and entities engaged during the sales-outreach process was used to develop an understanding of how MFB caters to customer demands, and how the product must evolve to meet customer demand. The MFB team also concluded a case study where they were contracted to assess municipal fleet electrification for the City of Fremont. Using the MFB software, the team identified a pathway to electrify 159 of the city's current vehicles. These EVs would result in $3,000,000 of reduced operating expenditures and 54% reductions over the life of these vehicles. In 2021 the recipient plans to continue business development to secure contracts and partnerships to scale MFB to government and commercial fleets.
The MyFleetBuy fleet procurement system developed in this project will mitigate uncertainties for fleet managers by providing clarity on cost savings offered by EVs and smart charging, and verifying the range viability of EVs. MyFleetBuy will leverage the sophisticated vehicle physics models underlying the LBNL-developed MyGreenCar technology, analyzing individual fleet vehicle duty cycles and translating the analysis into easy-to-understand graphics. MyFleetBuy will provide fleet managers with a low cost, highly scalable data collection and analytics system with which to compare their options when investing in new vehicles. The platform will accelerate fleet procurement of EVs by raising awareness of options while mitigating the uncertainties that limit their adoption in fleets.
By encouraging fleet procurement of EVs with smart charging, fleet entities will minimize expensive demand charges and maximize charging during periods where time-of-use rates are lower. The operating costs for fleet entities will also be substantially lower given that typical EV fueling costs are 1/4 to 1/2 of comparable conventional cars. With increasing EV adoption, costs can be lowered for ratepayers overall, as EVs can substantially broaden the base of electric ratepayers that support recovery of the fixed costs of maintaining reliability of utility distribution systems.
MyFleetBuy will show fleet managers how smart chargers can save them money, leading to greater penetration of smart chargers instead of uncontrolled chargers. The shift toward EVs with smart charging will help to mitigate excessive demands at fleet charging hubs, thereby avoiding local grid faults, transformer overloading, and excessive voltage deviations.