Cintas Electric Vehicle Pilot Program Hits Road
Recently, Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) began its pilot programme for electric vehicles, which currently includes nearly 20 vehicles from various manufacturers.
With nearly 14,000 commercial vehicles spread across the United States and Canada, Cintas has one of the largest corporate fleets in North America. As a result, a significant portion of the company’s Scope 1 (direct) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from this fleet. Cintas recognizes the need of modernizsing its fleet as it moves forward on its Path to Net Zero.
According to Christy Nageleisen, vice president of Cintas, “Our ability to eliminate fossil fuel-powered vehicles from our fleet and introduce vehicles that run on renewable or alternative fuels will be a key factor in our ability to achieve our Net Zero ambition and reduce our carbon emissions intensity.”
I’m on the Road
Early in 2022, when the first vehicle was placed in service in the Los Angeles region, Cintas’ EV trial programme was formally introduced.
With additional units in Cincinnati, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; Los Angeles, California; Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Francisco, California; San Jose, California; and Seattle, Washington, the pilot programme currently includes 17 unique vehicles from five different manufacturers.
The pilot study will assist Cintas in assessing the effectiveness, longevity, and dependability of various EVs under diverse commercial, climatic, and driving scenarios. Utilizing the cars in actual driving situations is meant to aid the company in better understanding the expectations, advantages, and potential difficulties of EVs in its particular route-based business.
Mark Bolen, Cintas Vice President of Quality and Engineering, whose team is in charge of managing the company’s fleet, said, “When we originally decided to pilot the (electric) vehicles, we wanted to test markets that were cold, hot, that had snow – that had all the different weather conditions – so that we ensured we got the right vehicle for the right industry.” The technology to launch a programme like this wasn’t available before to this.
With the goal of maximising the efficiency and performance of the EVs in the pilot programme, Cintas’ Fleet Department closely collaborates with a variety of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to find further opportunities, new technologies, and potential use cases.
Our team, the fleet team, actually has phone calls with our operations to understand exactly what’s happening throughout the week, according to Bolen. “We are constantly talking to our vendors, meeting weekly on conference calls, sharing information, and then,” Bolen said. “We’re ensuring sure the vehicle is operating as intended, and then we’re constantly making that range go out a little bit further, and a little bit further, and a little bit further,” the company said.
Cintas intends to buy and place more electric vehicles (EVs) all over its company footprint as 2023 gets closer.
We expect our fleet to continue to include a variety of vehicle models, including different light-, medium-, and heavy-duty units to meet the needs of our business. We have a unique business, and our fleet has a unique set of use cases. Bolen spoken. “We aim to increase the pilot programme in both quantity and scope as more options and technologies are developed and more OEMs enter the commercial EV and alt-fuel markets.”
The company has plans to add up to 50 more EVs to its current lineup in the upcoming fiscal year. Additional grant funding has already been secured through various government initiatives.
Leaders of Cintas are also keeping an eye on advancements and changes in other categories of alternative-fuel cars. The commercial vehicle industry will continue to develop with new technologies and capacities in addition to its goal of achieving Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Bolen points out that Cintas is eager to assess new renewable and alternative-fuel cars when they become available and that the firm continues to be open-minded about the sorts of vehicles it will choose for its fleet in the long run: Who can predict what new technologies will exist in the future five, ten, or fifteen years?