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Fast Forward is a series brought to you by Fleet Forward where our industry experts talk about the future of fleet.

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Fast Forward is a series brought to you by Fleet Forward where our industry experts talk about the future of fleet.

    Inside Lightning eMotors & Perrone Robotics’ Autonomous & Electric Van

    Inside Lightning eMotors & Perrone Robotics’ Autonomous & Electric Van

    When Lightning eMotors announced its partnership with Perrone Robotics in May, order banks were officially open for “TONY,” an electric delivery van equipped for Level 2 autonomous travel. And when Lightning eMotors invited us to its headquarters in Loveland, Colorado, to take a spin in one of these new self-driving vans, we jumped on the opportunity.

    TONY, which stands for “to navigate you,” uses a Class 3 to 7 van converted to electric by Lightning eMotors. Perrone Robotics handles the autonomous part, with LiDar, radar, and heat sensors coordinating with the vehicle’s GPS system.

    States set the rules on how autonomous vehicles can travel within their borders. Many allow operation on a preprogrammed route in geofenced locations such as campuses and or cargo container yards. TONY is already being deployed in Philadelphia’s Navy yard.

    Colorado, where we took our test drive, is one among several that allow autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads, including the Lightning eMotors' FMVSS-compliant vehicle combined with Perrone Robotics safety-certified and patented AV technology.

    🎙Topics:


    Partnership details
    Fleet uses
    How it works
    Riding in the van
    Inside Lightning’s production facility

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    • 10 min
    Sordoni Outlines XOS' Plan to Electrify Fleets

    Sordoni Outlines XOS' Plan to Electrify Fleets

    Fast Forward videos talk all about the future of fleet and are hosted by Fleet Forward Editor Chris Brown. Xos, Inc. is a maker of Class 5 to 8 electric last-mile delivery vehicles.

    In today’s video, Chris sits down with Gio Sordoni, co-founder and CEO of XOS, to learn about the company’s fleet electrification plans. Hear all about XOS’ focus and goals, current fleet customers, what sets its production facilities apart, and its vision for fleet electrification.

    🎙Topics:


    Who is XOS?
    XOS’ fleet customers and manufacturing
    XOS’ production model
    Upfitting focus and chassis
    State of the commercial electric market
    The challenge of EV infrastructure 
    XOS’ mobile charging hub
    Sales and service network
    XOS’ value proposition

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    • 12 min
    Fleet Electrification: How Technician and Staff Roles Will Evolve

    Fleet Electrification: How Technician and Staff Roles Will Evolve

    This Fast Forward video, hosted by Fleet Forward Editor Chris Brown, takes a look at the new needs and considerations fleet and maintenance technicians need in the electrified environment. Hear from Al Curtis, director fleet management for Cobb County Georgia, about the importance of and investment in training and service needs today.

    This episode is sponsored by Circle K. Learn more about the Circle K fleet card.

    🎙 Conversation topics include:


    The technician’s role in the shift in maintenance needs from ICE engines to EVs, including what might fall under warranty coverage.
    Training needed for today’s technicians.
    How to work with outside maintenance shops and know the value of various maintenance needs on electric vehicles.
    What other fleet systems and technology needs to be evaluated in the EV transition.
    Long-term roadmaps and big-picture meetings with upper management and other staff.

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    ⏱ Timestamps ⏱
    0:57 Maintenance needs for EVs
    2:55 Handling unscheduled maintenance
    3:53 Reallocation of techs?
    4:53 In-house vs. third-party techs
    6:23 Current training programs
    7:50 Fleet management systems and EVs
    12:50 Educating management

    • 16 min
    Does U.S. Charging Infrastructure Pass the Stress Test?

    Does U.S. Charging Infrastructure Pass the Stress Test?

    This episode is sponsored by Circle K. Learn more about the Circle K fleet card.

    Managing director of Charge Across America, Kristin Slanina, joins Fleet Group Editor Chris Brown to discuss last year’s electric vehicle competition across the country and how the five teams managed in-vehicle technology as well as charging infrastructure.  

    🎙 Conversation topics include: 


    How did novice EV drivers acclimate to the technology? 
    Identifying the gaps in EV charge points. 
    Real-world recommendations on improving EV infrastructure.  

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    ⏱ Timestamps ⏱
    0:00 Introduction
    1:24 The Mission of Charge Across America
    2:16 Parameters of the Race
    3:44 Driver Interactions with the Vehicles
    5:17 Issues with Charging Infrastructure
    6:23 Issues with the Chargers Themselves
    9:02 Locations of the Chargers
    10:15 Understanding How an EV Takes a Charge
    11:45 Takeaways from the Race

    • 13 min
    Fleet Manager’s View: Transitioning from ICE to EVs

    Fleet Manager’s View: Transitioning from ICE to EVs

    This episode is sponsored by Circle K . Learn more about the Circle K fleet card. 

    Fleet Group Editor, Chris Brown, sits down with Fleet Manager, Henry Kayler, to discuss the variables fleets should consider when transitioning to EVs.  

    🎙 Conversation topics include: 


    What goes into the decision-making process for fleet electrification. 
    Lessons learned from building out EV infrastructure. 
    Can you get to carbon-neutral without electrification?  

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    ⏱ Timestamps ⏱
    0:00 Introduction
    1:28 An Overview of Henry’s Fleet Makeup
    3:10 Switching to EVs: The Decision-Making Process
    5:15 Lessons from Building Out EV Infrastructure
    7:50 Advice for Fleets Beginning Their Electrification Journey
    9:43 Can You Get to Carbon-Neutral Without Electrification?

    • 11 min
    How to Incentivize More Efficient EV Driving

    How to Incentivize More Efficient EV Driving

    Fleet Group Editor, Chris Brown, speaks with Director of Marketing and Sales Operations for Lightning eMotors, Nick Bettis, about the factors that impact EV performance, including payload, HVAC, and hilly conditions. They also discuss the steps to follow to successfully implement a gamification program.  

    Conversation topics include: 


    What Impacts EV performance. 
    How payload becomes a factor in battery efficiency.  
    How to gamify EVs.  

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    ⏱ Timestamps ⏱
    0:00 Introduction
    1:09 What Lightning eMotors Does
    2:00 What Impacts EV Performance
    4:24 How Payload Becomes a Factor in Battery Efficiency
    5:33 How to Gamify EVs
    10:44 HVAC’s Impact on Battery Range
    11:52 How to Successfully Run an EV Gamification Program

    • 14 min

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