Route optimization specialist Route Monkey has today announced its partnership with global GPS navigation expert Sygic. The partners aim to jointly develop the world’s first fully integrated optimization and navigation tool for electric vehicles (EVs).
The new tool will enable Route Monkey’s solution to schedule a company’s entire fleet of EVs – as well as its conventional vehicles – in a way that optimizes the fleet as a whole. By integrating directly with the Sygic Navigation app, Route Monkey will be able to send the best route for the entire itinerary to each driver, schedule stops at charge points en route, and provide real-time navigation to recharging stations.
“Navigation tools for EV users have been around for a few years now. However, our integrated solution takes this concept to a whole new level,” says Colin Ferguson, CEO of Route Monkey. “By partnering with Sygic, we can optimize an entire fleet, including EVs, plus provide navigation that is specifically tailored to EVs within that fleet.”
Route Monkey’s EVOS solution already optimizes electric vehicles to help fleets achieve the most possible emissions-free miles, by utilizing a fleet’s existing data to accurately identify which existing routes and operations would be suitable for EVs. This enables fleets to engage in virtual trials, helping to better inform procurement decisions. Once the vehicles are deployed, EVOS optimizes their use; ensuring fleet operators achieve the best possible return on investment.
EVOS uses complex advanced algorithms to calculate the impact of a wide range of factors on an EV’s range capabilities. These include payload, average speed, route topography, ambient temperature and driver style.
The new partnership between Sygic and Route Monkey will bring the power of Route Monkey algorithms and optimizers directly into Sygic Professional Navigation, which is used by more than 1,500 fleets worldwide. By applying Route Monkey’s solution, the Sygic Professional Navigation app is also able to optimise complex truck routes and itineraries directly from the driver’s device.
Research has shown that efficient route planning for fleets can save an average 231.2 miles per vehicle every week. For both growing and established companies, Sygic and Route Monkey’s fleet optimization could facilitate huge savings not just for fuel and energy consumption, but also for vehicle maintenance costs.
“We are more than happy and proud that we can participate in this very interesting innovation together with our partner Route Monkey,” explains Martin Strigac, Director of Sygic Business Solutions.
“Based on our research and analysis, mixed fleets consisting of EVs and conventional vehicles will soon play an important role in fleet telematics. In combination with our Sygic Professional Navigation and Sygic FleetWork the planning, driving and operational management of EVs will be much easier, more efficient and transparent,” he added.