Mobile workforce managers looking to make more informed investment and planning decisions as they consider moving to electric vehicles (EVs) from gasoline-powered counterparts will benefit from new enhancements, developed exclusively for EVs, in the Verizon Connect Reveal fleet management platform.
For customers who have already made the leap to EVs, Verizon Connect noted that the new updates to Reveal enable customers to easily manage their EVs and gas-powered vehicles, increase uptime by seeing their EVs’ charging and battery status management all from one platform, and more.
Beginning in October 2022, Verizon Connect Reveal customers in the U.S. and Canada will be able to more effectively support various vehicle types – both gasoline-powered and EVs – in one pane of glass. These enhancements will support all Reveal customers including government, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprise customers who have any combination of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles with OBD-II Standard Protocol.
Work Truck reached out to Verizon Connect to find out why this new connection matters to our work truck fleet readers.
"While the Verizon Connect EV solution for Reveal will be available for a select group of EVs, we will continue to expand our offering to provide commercial customers with solutions to fit their vehicle needs and prepare for the expanding EV market," Erin Cave, Verizon Connect's head of product management told Work Truck. "Reveal customers running EVs will easily be able to identify charging status and battery percentage levels -- either from the back office or our mobile app in near-real time -- reducing the stress around range and payload-related reductions."
Planning for the implementation of EVs can be evaluated from data and analytics from the Verizon Connect Reveal fleet management software platform. The data the team is able to extract, regarding miles driven, vehicle wear and tear, vehicle tracking and location, utilization and other points, can inform a fleet’s EV planning decisions, including the number of EVs included in the first phase of the rollout and future investments, infrastructure plans for charging, EV maintenance, EV storage and yards, and much more.
“EV adoption rates are continuing to grow and by analyzing data for just one month, business owners can be better informed about the introduction of EVs to their fleets,” said Peter Mitchell, senior vice president and general manager, Verizon Connect. “Once they make the decision, the new enhancements for EV in Reveal will support their evolving mixed-fleet management needs.”
New Electric Reveal Features
What can EV fleet managers can expect from the new release?
- EV icon: Quickly identify which EVs are charging on a live map within Reveal.
- Mobile app support: Manage people and the fleet with location and status of ICE vehicles, EVs and assets in the Verizon Connect Spotlight app.
- Charge state: Charging status informs which EVs are actively being charged at any given time.
- Battery level: Near real-time battery level percentage to identify which EVs in your fleet have the highest/lowest battery level.
- Report: New EV-specific report that includes charging data.
- EV Alerts: Configurable alert for EVs experiencing a “Low Battery.”
"Now is a great time to start planning for EVs if you haven't started," Cave added in talking with Work Truck. "The data available today through Verizon Connect Reveal on ICE vehicles -- whether it's maintenance schedules, distance driven, or route efficiency -- can help fleet owners make way more informed decisions about how to plan for and invest in EVs. And once they take possession of their first EVs, we can help manage and monitor those too to make sure they're getting the most out of them."
Earlier in 2022, Verizon Connect partnered with Ford Pro Data to offer Reveal, as well as announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services for full cloud migration. Additionally, Drivewyze has partnered with Verizon Connect on connected truck services with integrated access to weigh station bypass services.