TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS
How ConGlobal Pioneered Fleet Electrification in their Industry
Learn how North America's leading operator of intermodal, finished vehicle, and depot service terminals used data insights from the Connected Operations Cloud to get buy-in on their fleet electrification program and become pioneers in their industry.
1200 TERMINAL OPERATORS
553 VEHICLES IN THE INTERMODAL RAIL BUSINESS FLEET
NEARLY 7M LIFTS FOR CUSTOMERS ON THE RAIL
Needed a plan for investing in fleet electrification
ConGlobal, one of the largest transportation support companies in the U.S., has long believed that it must operate sustainably—especially as the transportation and logistics industry is a leading source of CO2 emissions. Recent legislation aims to reduce greenhouse gasses (GHG) emissions from operations in the private sector. Still, ConGlobal has consistently invested in sustainable operations and stays well ahead of government-imposed regulations and timelines. In particular, they were interested in switching from diesel to electric vehicles (EVs).
EVs are a significant investment of time and resources, especially considering the diverse needs of ConGlobal’s mixed fleet. They put together a systematic, data-driven plan for electrifying their fleet, starting with a pilot.
Detailed reports informed fuel-saving and fleet electrification decisions
To understand where there were areas of opportunity to implement EVs and improve sustainability, ConGlobal began reviewing utilization and fleet idling reports for each of their sites within Samsara. With these tools, ConGlobal could rightsize their fleet, reallocate equipment, and better understand where EV investments would make sense. They also used Samsara to build what they dubbed an “Easter Sunday view”—a view of their operations at full capacity—that provided an understanding of their vehicle utilization. They used this information to convince leadership to invest in EVs. This data also allowed them to be better prepared to outfit each facility's fleet, repurpose or dispose of underperforming equipment, and work to reduce idling.
Implemented 35 EVs with plans to expand
Because of their commitment and support from their leaders, they have been ahead of the game. Furthermore, they’ve been able to secure resources early, meaning they already have placed orders for new EVs before production, allowing them to get ahead of anticipated supply chain issues.
ConGlobal has made significant advances investing in fleet electrification with 35 EVs currently in operation, and plans to order another 12 to 15 by the end of the year. The impact on their operations is far-reaching, contributing to their emissions goals and saving fuel and improving worksite safety. “Our storage depot facility no longer had to keep fuel on-site because of the transition to EVs,” said Sickler. “Flammable fuel on site is a huge safety concern, but we were able to remove two fuel tanks because they now use EV hostlers.”