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Preparing for electrification of fleet vehicles

Gabe Osorio, Marketing Director of TTI’s Transportation Business Unit, analyzes the trends in transportation electrification that manufacturers want to track throughout 2022.

Gabe Osorio, Marketing Director, Transportation Business Unit, TTI

Approximately 3% of U.S. vehicles are part of the fleet, according to a 2021 Rocky Mountain Institute report, but fleet technology trends can have a significant impact on the entire transportation sector due to regulatory and operational scale. there is. According to Duke Energy, more than 80% of the fleet managers surveyed have already started electrifying fleets, and electric vehicles are expected to account for 10-15% of commercial and passenger fleets by 2030.

This tendency was obvious in Worktrack Week 2022 Indianapolis, Indiana. The amount of electrification of fleet trucks and work trucks was astounding. Many OEMs featured all-electric medium-sized commercial vehicles and last mile delivery trucks.

New market entries include Ford Lightning, the new All-Electric Chevrolet Silverado, and Xos, the manufacturer of fully-electric zero-emission commercial vehicles used by FedEx.

Another trend is the digitization of vehicles. With the continued rollout of the 5G Internet and the increasing adoption of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connections, more fleets and delivery vehicles will be equipped with technology that enables fleet tracking, autonomous driving, and communication. I am.

These connected car technologies require the adoption of many new electronic components and subsystems, as well as new technologies similar to those found in passenger cars. This includes advanced driver assistance systems, safety features, lidar detection, and more.

In addition, cameras are being added to more vehicles. Instead of one or two backup cameras, the vehicle is equipped with optical sensors, line-of-sight tracking technology, and autonomous system safety checks. Commercial trucks use cameras to monitor cargo to confirm deliveries and to monitor the quality of service from drivers to ensure security and safety. Cameras are also increasingly assisting or replacing mirrors to provide wide-angle rotation assistance and other benefits.

New trucks and fleet vehicles are increasingly being designed with digital vehicle dash clusters that display speedometers, mileage, gas levels, and other instrumentation instead of traditional analog gauges. Adding lidar allows you to interface with additional fleet management technologies through your dashboard cluster.

Connected car technology also enables real-time cargo tracking through GPS monitoring and data transfer with in-fleet communication capabilities. In electric vehicles, new sensors and intelligent systems can also track and monitor vehicle components in real time, such as battery status and maintenance status.

It’s an exciting time to see the next generation of transportation designed with these new ideas and incorporating cutting-edge technology. All of this is increasing the demand for electronic components.

To successfully adopt next-generation connected car technology, manufacturers partner with distributors to maintain the supply chain as demand for available components, new product descriptions, and these specialized electronic components grows. It is important to be able to understand the best way to do this.

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