This story was extracted from a report in Government Technology, Techwire’s sister publication.
Fleet management technology is helping to ease the transition to electric vehicles and better track mosquito control in some cities.
Officials in Sacramento and elsewhere have turned to fleet management technology, which generally enables real-time tracking of vehicles and operational data to keep a sharp eye on any pest and rodent control truck or general purpose sedan.
Sacramento is in the process of deploying fleet management technology from Samsara.
“We’re looking at dashboards,” said Mark Stevens, city fleet manager. “We pull data every day. We hope to be ready by the end of this year. “
Samsara is an opportunity to “look at information that we never had or couldn’t [see] in the past, ”he added. One of these key metrics is idle time. The city has a maximum idle policy of 5 minutes and the samsara data can tell which vehicles are exceeding that time limit.
“So we can start getting these reports back to the departments,” Stevens said, noting that the city spends about $ 6 million a year on fuel and that reducing idle time is big savings for a fleet of around 2,400 vehicles can.
In Sacramento, around 100 Chevrolet bolts and four electric motorcycles have been purchased in recent years, Stevens said with plans to acquire the city’s first electrically powered garbage truck. The expansion was mainly driven by the greater range of electric vehicles, as well as more models and more competitive prices.
The Chevrolet Bolts, with their range of approximately 200 miles, more than meet the requirements of the city departments such as code and parking, enforcement, inspections, and others in this city of approximately 100 square miles. The bolts cost the city about 7.5 cents per mile. This equates to 24 cents per mile for gas-powered cars.
The fees are split across a range of vehicles that are paid for using discount money.
The city installed 56 chargers, understanding that charging ports can be shared by multiple vehicles and charged at different times, and that each car does not need its own charger.
“This is absolutely not necessary if your vehicles drive an average of 30 to 40 miles per day. So work with the departments to work out a plan so they can take turns charging, ”said Stevens. “It’s really all about communicating and educating users and developing a plan.”