Convincing employees and controlling all costs are the two main obstacles to the electrification of company vehicles. The rental company LeasePlan France, which has just converted its fleet, has adopted a method of it. It will be useful for Daf who is about to take the plunge.
” We made the comparison, it would be nice it costs more to renovate in thermal says Pascal Lemel, project manager of LeasePlan France, one of the leaders in long-term vehicle leasing. Behind this statement, two years of internal work involving around fifteen company employees as well as the social partners (whose consultation is mandatory given the extent of the changes). The goal is truly extraordinary: replace the 150 company cars of employees with 100% electric models and provide adequate charging solutionsSti.e. in the office, at home and while roaming.
Prioritize internal dialogue and transparency
Cyril Châtelet, director of sales and marketing, insists on transparency of the project internally to reassure worried employees. ” We have adopted a phased results system with weekly two-hour meetings ”, he adds. Another key point, do not copy the file car policy on the model of what existed before electrification. ” We observed how employees traveled and set up workshops, especially with big wheels “, explains Odette da Cunha, director of human resources. Which made it possible take operational constraints into account : “ Out of thirty heavy motorcyclists, 80% chose an electric vehicle and 20% continued with a combustion engine“, specifies the HRD.
Promote employee ownership of change
However, this is not about ordering electric vehicles “blindly”. ” We got some loans from builders who have come to show us their vehicles explains Marie-Laure Tamas, fleet manager. ” We made vehicles available to employees from the beginning of the project and carried out site inspections“, Pascal Lemel abounds. We are not talking about a few wheel spins but a a rotating week per employee. ” We have organized more than 600 days of open trials beyond owners of a company vehicle “Cyril Châtelet slips.
An approach intended to convince but also to multiply feedback. ” The employees were able test charging on the road and on long-distance ridesinsists Laurent Pichon, head of consultancy. Feedback on the issues of roaming and range was used, which led to the choice of vehicles with 60 to 70 kWh, or 450 km of range in urban areas and 250 to 300 km on the motorway. »
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Offer more to drivers without increasing TCO
” We applied the same TCO calculation as our customers, which showed that five-seater electric vehicles were competitive “, underlines Laurent Pichon. The durability/mileage pair maintained, i.e. 36 months and 45,000 km, takes into account the average driving time of the LeasePlan France fleet. Many company vehicles cover less than 5,000km a year. The TCO calculation includes an additional charge for the charging infrastructure. ” We have monthly the budget of the terminals in our depreciation and made a projection of fuel costs by studying the average consumption“, adds the consultancy manager (read in the box). To finance, in part, the 62 terminals installed at the headquarters of the company and the 75 charging points at employee homes (of which 40% in co-ownership), obtained by LeasePlan a contribution of around 38,000 euros for the Future program of Avere*. The increase in TCO has enabled LeasePlan to waive ballast for the benefit of its drivers. ” We put reloadable cards on everyone when this wasn’t the case before says Pascal Lemel. ” We take charge of home terminals, top-up cards and the possibility of renting a thermal vehicle for a period of 30 days a year » adds Odette da Cunha. Enough to remove obstacles to daily and long-distance travel. More than a hundred employees have just spent the end of the year celebrations with an electric car. The last one will be delivered in early 2023.
The fuel expense conundrum
Given the energy crisis, a delicate point remains the calculation and especially the projection of fuel costs for internal combustion vehicles. This value will serve as a basis for comparing the TCO with that of electricity. Therefore, it is better to take a large margin. Also be careful not to limit yourself to fuel card information. It is essential to trace the other steps at the pump, i.e. analyze all the travel expenses that have been redone as expense reports.
* This business subsidy disappears from 01/01/2023.