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Fleet Electrification – Challenges and Opportunities

October 18 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm EDT

Numerous factors are influencing fleet managers in the current shift from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs). These include complying with organizational ESG plans, the increasing variety of EV models available, as well as the shrinking gap in the total cost of ownership (TCO) between ICE vehicles and EVs. But when is the right time to make the switch? Maddy Ewing of Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors will walk you through the importance of a fleet electrification roadmap to optimize your investment and ensure a successful transition. Drawing upon Dunsky’s proprietary fleet electrification model, E-FLEET, she will lay out the key components of a winning strategy.

As fleets electrify, fleet managers will be faced with an additional challenge – designing and managing their own vehicle energy systems. Charging infrastructure installed on-site is expected to be the preferred approach to charging for most EV fleets and fleet managers will need to operationalize and optimize these systems. Brendan McEwen will walk you through best practices in the deployment of EV charging infrastructure for fleets and the importance of EV energy management systems in reducing the need for expensive facility upgrades.

Maddy Ewing

Maddy is a member of Dunsky’s Mobility practice and is the firm’s lead for fleet electrification. She has supported the development of fleet electrification strategies for a wide range of clients including the federal government’s fleet of nearly 30,000 vehicles, a major telecommunications company operating across North America, and port terminals with demanding 24/7 operations. Maddy leverages her extensive knowledge of low-carbon transportation solutions and the current policy landscape to help bridge the gap between technical subject matter, policy implications, and market conditions to offer well-informed and practical advice to clients in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Dunsky, Maddy worked for the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, where she was responsible for overseeing and executing a wide range of research projects on topics such as zero-emission fleets, heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency, as well as clean transportation policy options. She holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Queen’s University.

Brendan McEwen

Brendan helps utility, government and private-sector clients implement strategies to effectively decarbonize the transportation and building sectors and is a passionate leader in the energy transition. Brendan has been central to some of North America’s most innovative climate policies. Notably, he led the development of the world’s first 100% “EV Ready” residential parking requirement and has since advised multiple municipalities on such requirements (including the Cities of Toronto and Vancouver).  Likewise, he designed the first-of-its-kind BC EV Ready Retrofit program for BC Hydro. With regards to buildings, Brendan was instrumental in the development of the BC Energy Step Code (an energy “reach code”) and subsequent carbon performance requirements.  He has also assisted a wide range of clients with strategic planning; energy project financing programs; building rating and disclosure; EV charging infrastructure; and building decarbonization strategies. In his 16 years working on climate policy before joining Dunsky, Brendan held several roles, including: Directing an electric mobility and decarbonization practice at a prominent electrical engineering firm; Sustainability Manager at the City of Richmond, BC; Associate Director of the MIT Green Economic Development Initiative; and a consultant at a leading urban planning firm, and later as a sole proprietor. He received a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.