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Transitioning to Electric

Transitioning from an all-ICE (internal combustion engine) fleet to an electric vehicle (EV) fleet may seem like a daunting task, especially when figuring out where to start. Hitachi eases the transition to EVs by using data to help inform the decision-making process, then building a realistic EV business strategy and roadmap to launch and operate an efficient and sustainable electric fleet. Hitachi leverages its resources, capabilities and strategic partnerships to design and deliver electrification solutions that are tailored to the fleet operator, transit authority or depot manager's needs. From planning to pilots, and all the way through full implementation and optimization, we work with you to ensure your EV transition is well executed.

Why EV & Why Now?
Why EV & Why Now?

Worldwide, there is a strong move towards sustainability to help combat the impacts of climate change. Creating a more sustainable and cleaner future is society's greatest challenge, as well as its greatest opportunity. 

Transportation is currently one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to electric vehicles will drastically reduce CO2 emissions to help achieve global sustainability and net zero goals. 

Through various federal bills that are currently underway in the United States, funding is also becoming available to help ease the transition to EV. $1.2T of infrastructure investment – the largest investment in infrastructure in American history - will soon be available, including almost $500 billion for clean energy and combatting climate change, modernization of the U.S. electricity grid, transportation electrification and charging infrastructure.

Overcoming EV Obstacles
Overcoming EV Obstacles

There are challenges throughout the EV journey, but the first barrier is how to begin. Will moving to EV help you achieve financial or sustainability goals? Transitioning from an internal combustion engine (ICE) fleet to an EV fleet can feel overwhelming, given the many complexities of managing very different types of vehicles simultaneously. 

Many organizations often start with a small pilot to see what can be tested and learned. However, without experience and expertise, moving forward with full electrification in small steps can often be more costly and riskier than implementing a holistic, strategic plan.

It can also be hard to see the benefits to converting to EV from an ICE fleet. EVs require a large investment, and though they are cheaper to operate, it can take some years before they start to generate a return. Another common barrier is charging. With diesel combustion engines, gas stations are plentiful. Charging an electric vehicle fleet must be intentionally planned and impacts the whole fleet operation, raising many questions such as cost, impact on drivers who may have to stop more often to charge the vehicle, and battery/charge duration.  

Even those already on the EV journey can run into barriers. After incorporating a few EVs into your existing fleet, you may begin to wonder how and when to add additional EVs. The answer is unique to your fleet operation and requires an in-depth analysis of your needs, goals and overall plan for conversion.

At Hitachi, our mission is to help support our customers’ sustainability and carbon emissions goals by utilizing our deep experience in the automotive, energy, manufacturing and technology sectors. We also have a uniquely strong set of skills and broad expertise in our global group companies and partner ecosystem that can help solve the challenges of today and tomorrow. Our end-to-end Electric-Vehicles-as-a-Service (EVaaS) solutions suite is purpose-built to support and ease your transition to EV.

  • Our EVaaS solutions
  • Our EVaaS solutions
  • Our EVaaS solutions
  • Our EVaaS solutions
  • Our EVaaS solutions
Our EVaaS solutions

Our end-to-end suite of digital solutions covers all parts of the EV transition journey. We work with you to determine your EV needs, electrification journey and how to integrate with existing systems, regardless of where you are in in the electrification process.

EV Planning

Our solutions suite eases EV adoption by first analyzing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of transitioning to an EV fleet. This extensive TCO model drives the transition strategy for your business, guiding vehicle procurement or leasing decisions, optimizing operational costs and providing estimates on when a return on investment can be realized. Our EV Planning services ensure you have a clear strategy in place, with realistic financial and CO2 reduction goals, and a roadmap on how to get there.

Leasing & Financing

Procuring electric vehicles, and knowing whether buying or leasing is the best option, can be tricky. Our offering simplifies the decision-making process by offering a financing solution for the entire project, including the vehicles and batteries. Hitachi enables this "as-a-service" by charging by consumption, on a per mile or per month basis, allowing for a more balanced budget sheet over the course of the investment. This shared risk allows Hitachi and the customer to form a true business partnership for the long term.

EV Digital Asset Management

Transitioning to a carbon neutral fleet impacts cost. By leveraging your fleet data, our advance analytics solutions can help you achieve optimal asset management and operations. Optimization increases availability and reduces idle time for fleet operators by recommending an efficient allocation of vehicles, achieving the most cost effective and well-managed fleet before, during and after making the transition to net zero.

Maintenance Optimization

Vehicle telematics, depot usage, journey planning, and parts procurement all produce mountains of data. Hitachi’s digital platform analyses this data to predict and prescript maintenance requirements. It reduces unplanned downtime and increases repair shop efficiencies and fleet reliability.

Smart Charging & Infrastructure

Hitachi offers cutting-edge digital solutions for Smart Charging, infrastructure, depots and grid optimization. Our offering not only addresses charging the vehicle, but also how charging changes operations and a fleet's effect on the grid. Hitachi is an industry leader in grid-to-plug infrastructure and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) charging technologies.

Our approach

Through collaboration, your fleet, finance and charging needs are determined. Together, we map your electrification journey through the following phases:

Fleet and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis assess the viability and business case for EV conversion. Based on results, a transition roadmap is designed.

Using the transition roadmap, a plan for initial pilots is assembled, with execution of pilot projects providing data and insights to optimize the design of a scaled implementation plan.

Secured financing and procurement of assets leads into precise implementation of a scaled, informed and tailored EV ecosystem, which is monitored, maintained and optimized.

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