As fleet electrification picks up pace, many more automakers, or OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are entering the scene, with new battery-electric offerings in the medium and heavy-duty space. Successful uptake of these EVs will require fleets to optimize how the vehicles are deployed and managed, both of which will require the vehicles to support data collection.
Data can provide insights on the battery level, the energy used while driving, the remaining range, the vehicle’s efficiency for each route, the electricity used for each charge, and whether drivers are remembering to plug in; the list goes on. That being said, accessing or translating this data can get rather complex, as each distinct vehicle model might implement the desired set of data signals differently. This is why standardized communications protocols are indispensable.