During the MEISTER project, the City of Stockholm has introduced 14 electric vehicles (EVs) in the home care services fleet. But how do employees and fleet managers experience driving and charging EVs? The project focused on two city districts, Bromma and Spånga-Tensta, to analyse the users’ perspectives.
EVs in Bromma run in a 3-shift system based on a schedule. In Spånga-Tensta they are 24h in operation based on schedule and mostly on fixed routes. 12 employees from the two city districts answered our survey. Most of them drive an EV daily or several times a week. Half of the employees have driven the EVs for at least a year and the other half for up to 6 months.
Nearly all employees recommend EVs for professional (work-related) usage.
The EV is easier to drive, more comfortable, silent, and saves time, as compared to going to the gas station. Heating and time for charging between shifts is a challenge for some of the employees. However, EV users rated the charging experience as positive or very positive.
Employees’ positive experiences are similar to these of the fleet managers, responsible for managing the vehicles in each city district. Fleet managers reported lower fuel and maintenance costs, the reduction of the fleet size and positive advertising effects thanks to introducing EVs. The fleet managers see EVs as time-efficient since fast chargers are available in the parking garage and the staff does not have to refuel at the gas station. Managing receipts has also become easier.
The full survey results will be published in the upcoming deliverables. Stay tuned.
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