Once you’ve determined the power demands of your fleet configuration, the next step is to design and implement the charging infrastructure. Implementing an optimized charging infrastructure will require thorough planning and coordination. With the availability and operational need of fleet vehicles of different sizes, power needs and charging options (e.g. DC vs. AC), fleets may require a mix of station types. Most fleet charging solutions will utilize Level 2 chargers which require 208/240 volt service, service panel upgrades and new breakers/outlets. Level 2 chargers can typically provide 30 to 80 miles of range for every hour of charging. Level 3 or DC fast chargers are commonly used for public charging and require 480 volt service. DC fast charging can provide up to 40 miles of range for every 10 minutes of charging. Hardware is only part of the equation. Electrification is as much a digital as it is an analog infrastructure commitment so software integration is another key aspect of the implementation. This is why it is imperative to choose smart, networked charging hardware that can be managed with software. To be intelligent, the charging network and charging software must be integrated with other fleet management systems including routing, electric meters, fuel cards, etc., as well as external services, such as weather or traffic management, to create a complete, correlated picture of the entire fleet charging context to achieve optimum efficiency for your transportation ecosystem.