Webinar – The Smart Way to Execute a Successful Pilot

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Webinar -The Smart Way to Execute a Successful Pilot

Most transit agencies start with pilot projects to gain the experience needed for a successful wide-scale deployment. Patricia Carr of SolTrans, a transit agency based in Northern California, will discuss the agency’s experience piloting four battery electric buses, implementing a charging strategy, and planning for a zero-emissions fleet.

Learn key things fleets need to consider when executing a pilot program:

Identify key decision makers and team members to involve in planning

Develop a realistic infrastructure timeline (and when to engage your utility)

Choose the right external partners (vehicle OEMs, EVSE suppliers, engineering firms)

Design for long-term infrastructure needs from the start to minimize costs

Capture and utilize valuable pilot data to inform future deployments

How to fit electric buses for unique depots and deployments

PatCarr

Pat Carr

General Services Manager

About AMPLY Power:

FLEET CHARGING, SIMPLIFIED. AMPLY Power provides Charging-as-a-Service to de-risk and accelerates the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by public and private fleets through its simple price-per-mile-driven model. AMPLY provides a fully managed charging solution that enables municipal and commercial fleets to deploy electric vehicles confidently and without hassles. AMPLY handles all aspects of charging operations on behalf of fleet owners, and AMPLY’s charging systems are optimized for the lowest electricity costs.

We’re hiring! For more information, please visit our careers page. Follow us @AMPLYPower on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Solano County Transit

Solano County Transit (SolTrans) has been the public transportation provider for south Solano County since July 2011. SolTrans provides local and Solano Express fixed routes, complementary para-transit, and subsidized Lyft programs. The agency is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, composed of two representatives from the cities of Benicia and Vallejo, Solano County’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), and a representative from the Solano Transportation Authority.

 

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Webinar – From Pilot Project to Large-Scale all Battery-Electric Transit Fleet Deployment​

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Webinar - From Pilot Project to Large-Scale all Battery-Electric Transit Fleet Deployment

The First-of-its-Kind 20-Year Charging-as-a-Service Agreement Aims to Power 
46 Electric Buses Serving Residents, Businesses and Visitors to the Region

Avoid costly mistakes in the transition to fleet electrification. No matter the project size, a well-defined charging infrastructure plan is critical. 

As transit fleets move from pilot projects into mass adoption of battery-electric buses, there are lessons to be learned from the data center and solar industries – deploying high-powered electrical infrastructure at scale, with high reliability and low cost. These lessons will maximize cost savings and ensure buses are consistently charged and ready for their routes.

Gain real-world insight from Anaheim Transportation Network, a transit fleet that has successfully navigated this transition with 46 battery-electric buses while breaking ground on a new all-electric transit depot.


DianaKotler

Diana Kotler

Executive Director

Andrew Bui

Executive Director

About AMPLY Power:

FLEET CHARGING, SIMPLIFIED. AMPLY Power provides Charging-as-a-Service to de-risk and accelerates the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by public and private fleets through its simple price-per-mile-driven model. AMPLY provides a fully managed charging solution that enables municipal and commercial fleets to deploy electric vehicles confidently and without hassles. AMPLY handles all aspects of charging operations on behalf of fleet owners, and AMPLY’s charging systems are optimized for the lowest electricity costs.

We’re hiring! For more information, please visit our careers page. Follow us @AMPLYPower on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Anaheim Transportation Network:

Operating as the flagship program of the Anaheim Transportation Network (ATN), Anaheim Resort Transportation (ART) is a network of 19 interchangeable bus routes with service to more than 70 stops in and around Anaheim and Orange County. ART also collaborates on long-distance connections with regional transportation providers, as well as with the City of Anaheim on transit initiatives for locals.

 

ART transports more than 9 million guests each year using a fleet of 81 buses, all of which are certified clean-fuel vehicles running on either natural gas or electricity. As part of the #ElectrifyAnaheim initiative, more than 50 percent of ART’s fleet will be electric with zero emissions by 2020.

 

 

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The Digital Supply Chain Podcast – Electrifying Fleets

The Digital Supply Chain Podcast - Electrifying Fleets

 A chat with AMPLY Power’s Simon Lonsdale

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[Digital Supply Chain Podcast, May, 29, 2020]

Digital Supply Chain, and electric fleet management – a chat with AMPLY Power’s Simon Lonsdale

The Digital Supply Chain podcast is a show hosted by SAP Innovation Evangelist Tom Raftery, discussing thought leadership, best practices, and the latest innovations in delivering a sustainable supply chain.

On this episode of the Digital Supply Chain podcast, I spoke with Simon Lonsdale, co-founder and head of sales and strategy for AMPLY Power (@AmplyPower on Twitter). Amply is a US based company in the commercial fleet space, specializing in managing the fueling of electric vehicles (be they cars, vans, trucks, buses, or any other type of commercial electric vehicle).

Simon spoke about how AMPLY‘s business model is a pay per mile driven one, how AMPLY can help its customers drive down the cost of transportation for organizations by intelligently managing the charging of its electric vehicles, demand side management, and where available applying carbon credits to the electricity used for the vehicles.

We had a fascinating conversation, and I particularly liked Simon’s point near the end about the extra value Amply can bring its customers, by unlocking the feeling data. Something not available for users of internal combustion engines – listen for yourselves, and let me know what you think.

 

About AMPLY Power

FLEET CHARGING, SIMPLIFIED. AMPLY Power provides Charging-as-a-Service to de-risk and accelerate the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by public and private fleets through its simple price-per-mile-driven model. AMPLY provides a fully managed charging solution that enables municipal and commercial fleets to deploy electric vehicles confidently and without hassles. AMPLY handles all aspects of charging operations on behalf of fleet owners, and AMPLY’s charging systems are optimized for the lowest electricity costs.

For more please visit www.amplypower.com and follow @AMPLYPower on Twitter and  LinkedIn

 

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Connecting to the Electrical Grid

Connecting to the Electrical Grid

An Interview with Vic Shao, CEO AMPLY Power

Electrical vehicles are popping up all over the roads, even in fleet vehicles. If you’ve considered converting your fleet, chances are you’ve wondered how you’d keep your vehicles charged and ready to go exactly when you need them. We chatted with Vic Shao of AMPLY Power, a charging-as-a-service provider, to learn how fleets can benefit from AMPLY Power’s charging solutions. Read the full article >

Simplifying Fleet Electrification

Simplifying Fleet Electrification

An ACT News Executive Interview with Vic Shao

Vic Shao previously founded Green Charge Networks—a distributed energy storage provider—and has more than a decade of expertise negotiating power purchase agreements. After his former company was acquired by international electricity provider, ENGIE, he has now turned his focus on electrifying the commercial transportation sector.

Vic will be joining a panel of industry experts discussing how to properly plan for fleet electrification in an upcoming EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop at ACT Expo, where AMPLY will also be exhibiting on the tradeshow floor.

ACT News caught up with Vic to learn more about the opportunities and challenges fleet operators are facing as they begin to electrify and how AMPLY’s vehicle charging service model and technology platform may be a helpful solution.

ACT News: Electricity as a fuel is a relatively new concept, even for experienced fleet managers. How much price variability should fleet operators expect when fueling with electricity?

Vic Shao: To put it in gasoline-equivalent terms, imagine a fleet operator could pay as little as $1.20 per gallon of gasoline, or could pay as much as $18 for that same gallon. That’s exactly what it’s like when dealing with electricity as a fuel. And, oftentimes this variability is in a single day.

For example, in California, the peak energy charges could be $0.30 a kilowatt hour, while the off-peak could be $0.08 per kilowatt hour. That’s almost a 4x difference. And this is just for kilowatt hours.

Demand charges are determined by the highest 15 minutes of peak energy flow rate during a billing cycle. In California, peak demand charges can be as much as $40 a kilowatt hour in a summer, peak-time-of-use scenario.

So, there really is an incredible amount of volatility and unpredictability with electricity pricing. This can be avoided or optimized by putting a proper charging strategy in place to “fuel up” your electric vehicles.

There really is an incredible amount of volatility and unpredictability with electricity pricing. This can be avoided or optimized by putting a proper charging strategy in place to “fuel up” your electric vehicles.

ACT News: Why was this the right time to launch AMPLY’s charging-as-a-service model? And for fleet managers, why is this the right time to get on board with AMPLY?

Vic Shao: There’s certainly political support now, especially in California and New York, and there’s also a rising awareness of climate change and the effect of carbon emissions.

However, the time is right for fleet operators to transition to electric because the economics are finally aligning. Earlier this year, AMPLY did a study comparing electric fueling costs to diesel or gasoline fueling costs across the US. We really did our homework, looked at state and local tariffs, and found that in 19 out of the top 25 metros in the US, it is more economical to operate electric for transit, school bus, sanitation, delivery and light-duty fleets.

ACT News: What are the biggest challenges and hurdles still out there for scaling commercial BEV adoption?

Vic Shao: One of the biggest challenges is that it’s still very difficult to understand the total cost of ownership, performance and reliability implications of operating a commercial electric fleet. For instance, if you manage and operate a fleet of electric refuse trucks, it’s simply not acceptable for a truck to not be able to run its route for the day because it wasn’t plugged in overnight. Fleet operators cannot take that risk. Ensuring that every electric asset is fueled up and ready to go for the next day is not as straightforward as you would think.

Many of the logistical concerns fleet managers must take into consideration are completely unique to managing and operating an electric fleet. For instance, cords that create tripping hazards or can’t reach a plug while a vehicle is charging, high powered chargers that are extremely sensitive to ambient temperatures, different charge rates when a battery is at 5% versus 50%–these are new issues that a fleet manager would never have had to consider with a diesel fleet.

When combined, these factors become a real roadblock to scaling BEV adoption.

Instead of unknowns and variables, AMPLY offers simplicity while guaranteeing that every vehicle will have a 90% state of charge every 24 hours. AMPLY eliminates all of the complexity so that the fleet no longer has to deal with them. And, from a standpoint of scaling these deployments, decision makers will become more and more comfortable seeing continued reliability, performance, as well as a cost savings. That’s when these vehicles will really start to scale.

We found that in 19 out of the top 25 metros in the US, it is more economical to operate electric for transit, school bus, sanitation, delivery and light-duty fleets.

ACT News: You mentioned that AMPLY guarantees that every electric vehicle will have a 90% state of charge every 24 hours. How is AMPLY able to offer this guarantee and what does this mean for fleet managers?

Vic Shao: We’re able to achieve the AMPLY guarantee by first putting a few critical building blocks in place.

First, we offer reliable hardware and equipment. This is still a relatively new class of hardware and at AMPLY, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in equipment procurement. We take pride in making the time to dive into the weeds with our vendors and ensuring we are procuring the most reliable and quality hardware for our customers. And since AMPLY bills our customers by the mile, if our equipment is down or not performing correctly, AMPLY isn’t getting paid, so it is in our best interest to do this right the first time

Secondly, by working with utilities on deployment and connection. This is a critical stage, and from my experience, one that causes many projects to get stalled. Again, AMPLY takes immense pride in having the right people on our staff who know the tricks of the trade in dealing with local utilities which can oftentimes be a huge headache for fleet operators.

Lastly, by the actual operations and maintenance. We have real time visibility, real time communications, and proactive monitoring and maintenance. If anything goes wrong on site, we work with local service technicians. Again, our mission is to keep it as simple and easy for fleet operators as possible.

Our mission is to keep it as simple and easy for fleet operators as possible.

ACT News: What are some of the other specific fleet sectors that AMPLY feels are prime for electrification, and for working with AMPLY? At what size and stage can AMPLY step in and start benefitting fleet operators?

Vic Shao: In the public Sector: airport shuttles, transit agencies, school buses, and sanitation departments. In the private sector: last mile delivery, truck and vehicle leasing operations, and autonomous fleets. We are seeing high growth especially in the private sector, with certain companies wanting to electrify everything right away.

We can engage and support any size fleet and at any point. Whether a fleet manager is just starting to consider electric vehicles or are already operating them in their fleet today, AMPLY can help. Regardless, we’ll work with them to establish a custom plan to ensure their mission critical vehicles are charged and ready to use when needed.

ACT News: Any final thoughts?

Vic Shao: AMPLY is a service. We are not about selling hardware or another software management tool for a fleet to figure out on their own. There are plenty of companies in the marketplace and we happily work with them all.

Being a service provider, and being able to offer exceptional service to our customers, it comes down to our people. We’ve built an exceptional team. And we all have the same goal: to be an advocate and long-term partner working alongside our customers. Because, we don’t succeed unless our customer succeeds.