The Journey Toward Fleet Electrification: The Invaluable Role Automated Polygon Geofencing Plays

Road transportation accounts for about 21% of global carbon emissions, which is why there’s such a coordinated fleet electrification effort underway. The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to “prevent 1 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2055” by electrifying fleets, and California is striving to create a carbon-free port truck sector by 2035.

These initiatives are undoubtedly worthwhile in moving the supply chain toward sustainability. That said, the shift to a fully electric trucking sector won’t be without challenges. As fleets shift to electric vehicles, all kinds of new tracking needs will emerge — needs that automated polygon geofencing is uniquely suited to satisfy.

Continue reading to learn more about advanced geofencing’s role in fleet electrification, and contact us to discover how adding our geofencing to your tech stack unlocks significant benefits.

The Unique Needs of Electrified Fleets

Electrified fleets mean that trucks will start spending significant time at charging stations. Fleet managers will need a clear and auditable trail that indicates:

  1. Which charging stations vehicles use.
  2. When vehicles arrive at charging stations.
  3. How long vehicles stay at charging stations.
  4. When vehicles leave charging stations.

These data points are needed to monitor fleet performance and avoid fines related to staying at charging stations for a certain amount of time or past the point of a full charge.

By tapping into Kestrels database, fleet managers can access geofenced charging stations that are relevant to their drivers, using those geofences to capture the data needed to maximize operations and avoid fines.

The Financial Benefits of Geofencing for Fleet Electrification

In 2024, fleet managers are dealing with increasing costs. Higher interest rates and the growing cost of acquisition and maintenance mean that fleet operations are far more expensive than they were just a few years ago.

As fleets electrify, the cost of acquisition and maintenance isn’t likely to go down. But advanced geofencing can make a positive impact on the bottom line during this transition. For example:

  • As bills come in from charging companies, geofencing data provides greater visibility into how time was spent at that company’s charging stations.
  • Audit charging bills as they come in, comparing what’s on the invoice to the data captured by geofencing.
  • Gain insight into how drivers of electric vehicles spend their time, identifying waste and taking action to improve efficiency.

Fleet managers are likely to discover a series of other use cases for geofencing charging stations that are unique to their businesses. For example, a fleet manager can enable the automatic triggering of processes, avoid charging in restricted areas, track progress toward sustainability goals, track usage of preferred charging partners, and reimburse drivers for charging vehicles at their homes.

We’ve written previously about the automated polygon geofencing’s use cases and benefits in fleet management. Pairing the financial benefits of advanced geofencing as you electrify your fleet with the myriad other benefits, the investment in this technology becomes an obvious decision.

Why Kestrel Insights for Automated Polygon Geofencing?

When you use Kestrel Insights for automated polygon geofencing, you no longer need to use circular geofences or manually draw polygons — tasks that are inaccurate and time-consuming.

Our automated polygon geofencing is already available as integrations in leading track-and-trace and telematics platforms (like Motive and Samsara), so you won’t be asking your team to visit a new interface or significantly adjust their current workflows. If you’re tech savvy, or interested in a white label solution, we have a robust API to support many different use cases

Because of our native integrations with these leading platforms, you can quickly and with limited training add automated polygon geofencing to your technology stack. This fast start can help you accelerate your shift to an electric fleet.

Accelerate Your Fleet Electrification Efforts — Starting Now

This shift to electric fleets is coming. The more prepared you and your organization are for the transition, the smoother it will go.

At Kestrel Insights, our automated polygon geofencing can provide significant benefits now while helping you prepare for a transition to an electric fleet in the future. We understand geofencing inside and out, and we’ve developed products that are designed to meet the needs of modern companies operating in today’s complex supply chain and logistics landscape.

Are you ready for automated polygon geofencing? Whether you’re interested in preparing for an electric future or unlocking the other benefits of advanced geofencing, we’re here to help. Get in touch to get started.