Bringing together the experiences and applying the lessons into a structured roadmap guides the team on the ZEV journey. The roadmap is strategy and people-driven, utilizing the charger and vehicle procurement plans, among others, to map initiatives and key milestones with clear trajectory toward achieving the ZEV vision. To ensure the team remains steady on the trajectory, the roadmap should also have a phased approach, segmented in discrete waves to regularly confirm alignment while designed to build upon each other.
The ZEV world is constantly evolving, and the team is agile. The team must learn from all experiences and apply those lessons as the ZEV transition progresses. The team builds on successes and constantly updates the plan and roadmap adapting to the changing EV world around.
A company taking the LEAP
Xcel Energy, an electric and natural gas energy company serving customers across eight states, has made a commitment to electrify a substantial portion of its fleet.
“In alignment with Xcel Energy’s ambitious corporate commitment to power 1.5 million customer electric vehicles by 2030, Xcel’s fleet organization is dedicated to leading by example. We’re driving the transition by electrifying a significant portion of our companies fleet vehicles by 2030, and have broken our goal into three waves,” said Sangram Bhosale, Vice President of Supply Chain at Xcel Energy.
The company’s three waves include:
- Electrifying all sedans by 2023
- Electrifying all light-duty vehicles by 2030
- Electrifying 30% of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles by 2030
Each wave will leverage knowledge related to vehicle procurement, piloting and deployment, charger procurement, installation and deployment, and completion of training and tooling to help confirm that the fleet operates safely and efficiently.
“Xcel Energy Fleet is on the path to being a top-quartile leader in reducing fleet emission, integrating leading-edge technology, collaborating with like-minded partners, and challenging ourselves becoming trailblazers,” Sangram said.