Location: Menasha, WI

Fleet Type: Light-duty Electric Vehicles

 

Narrative

Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI), a dynamic organization comprised of construction, engineering, manufacturing and renewable energy experts headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin, took the leap to electrify parts of their own fleet in order to better serve their bottom line and customer needs. As a company who helps fleets electrify, through charging infrastructure planning and installation, the company found it important to set an example for their customers and the communities they serve and show what is possible with adequate planning and partnerships. 

In 2022 FTI undertook an internal fleet assessment to understand their vehicle usage and performance. By gaining a better understanding of what characteristics made a vehicle better suited for an EV replacement, they were able to focus their initial assessment on their light-duty vehicles. Since 2022, FTI has added thirty-eight EVs to their fleet including twenty-five F-150 Lightnings, ten Chevrolet Silverado EVs, two e-transit vans, and one Ford Mustang Mach-e.

In addition to FTI implementing their own EVs, the company has been a long-time partner of Wisconsin Clean Cities. The company is a frequent event participant and attendee and exhibitor at the annual Transportation and Innovation Conference and Expo. In 2022, FTI exhibited their microgrid which they deployed alongside their electric vehicles. This microgrid served as an example of an innovative solution to offset the energy costs of EV charging infrastructure as well as battery storage for strategically managing vehicle charging. In 2023, FTI exhibited their eSkid charging solution. This rapidly deployable EV charging station designed to drop in place, allows customers to offer charging within days of installation. The eSkid has configurable plates to accommodate various charger orientations. This solution provides flexible options for private use with commercial vehicle fleets and businesses and was a highlight at the 2023 event. Dan Nordloh, senior vice president and general manager of EnTech Solutions, a division of FTI focused on providing reliable, clean energy solutions, is also an active WCC Board Member serving as the Clean Cities Coalition Co-Chair.

Outputs and Outcomes

FTI has served as an example to their customers and the larger communities on intentional and thoughtful EV fleet deployment. As part of their EV deployments, they are continuing to collect data on vehicle route length, average charging times and costs, and how to strategically manage charging behavior to offset surge costs. FTI is proving their processes with their own internal team members to provide better recommendations and service to their customers. Team members within FTI are citing multiple advantages of driving the EVs including the reduced noise level, lower maintenance costs, lower service costs, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Along with their EVs, FTI deployed a solar-powered microgrid that helps to supplement the energy the company pulls from the grid for charging.

 

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

  1. Ensure fleets are gathering as much data as possible to understand their operations and be strategic about replacement and to identify the specific business-case more easily for the fleet to undertake electrification.
  2. Understand, or partner with organizations who understand the resources available to help offset the initial capital costs behind EV deployments.
  3. Gather all of the necessary parties to help plan for EV infrastructure. The sooner these parties are involved, the better chance of success of a deployment project.
  4. Future-proofing should be top of mind during deployment. Due to the rate of technology change, project sustainability should be a constant topic of conversation for the deployment team.

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