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  • 1.  Transition to electric vehicles and low emission vehicles

    Posted 30-11-2020 15:25
    We're looking to develop procedural guidance to transition our fleet to EVs and low emission vehicles based on current and expected future developments.
    We are making some inroads, with hybrid vehicles making up 10% of our passenger vehicle fleet, but no EVs, or infrastructure to accommodate EVs. And limited procedural drivers to facilitate this.
    Our LGA is over 15,000 square kilometres which also adds to the complexity.
    I'm hoping others have investigated this space and willing to share their developments.


    Stuart Sturgeon
    Fleet Manager
    Snowy Monaro Regional Council
    Pro Cert 2

  • 2.  RE: Transition to electric vehicles and low emission vehicles

    Posted 03-12-2020 12:29
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    Hi Stuart

    The Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) has launched the Local Government Resource Pack.

    The Local Government Resource Pack is to encourage local governments to learn from each other to futureproof their communities and reduce carbon emissions and includes case studies on: 

    • EV fleet transition: Moreland City Council & Canterbury Bankstown Council 
    • EV public charging networks: Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance & Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick Tri-Council
    • EV charging infrastructure strategies: Lake Macquarie City Council & Hornsby Shire Council
    • Consumer education: City of Ryde Council
    • EV ready in new developments: City of Yarra Council

    For any questions, please email

    Rob Wilson
    Director IPWEA FLEET
    Melbourne Australia


    Pro Cert 2

  • 3.  RE: Transition to electric vehicles and low emission vehicles

    Posted 27-01-2021 21:16

    Hi Stuart,

    One thing we at Smartrak have done when working with customer investigating the transition to EVs and low emissions vehicles is used their GPS data across their fleet vehicles to analyse the actual use of each vehicle on a daily average basis. This gives a solid basis to understanding what portion of the fleet is used primarily for shorter trips that may be more suited to EVs.

    For longer journeys we've seen customers such as Meridian Energy (we've got a case study about their EV adoption on our website) map out recharge locations along key regular routes, and using them to allow planning of longer trips. An added bonus they mentioned for that is it creates mandatory rest breaks on trips that are usually multiple hours long.

    As Robert links, public charging infrastructure is key to expanding the areas that you're able to service using EVs. But with a bit of data analysis you may be surprised how many journeys can already be serviced by EVs.

    Other considerations you'll want to look at include:

    - Charging EVs at private residences - how do you calculate costs and reimburse staff?

    - Management of vehicles to ensure a journey's distance doesn't go beyond the available charge in a booked vehicle

    - Setting up infrastructure within vehicle parking locations to ensure they are able to be charged

    - Processes for ensuring each vehicle gets charged - but also with the consideration of charging vehicles next booked that require that charge


    Matthew Perkins
    Marketing Comms Manager

    Matt Perkins
    Marketing Communications Specialist
    p +61 7 3123 6963 m +61 404 377 087 a Level 9, 372 Albert St, East Melbourne, VIC,

    Pro Cert 2