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LEVL Win The WhatVan Innovation Award 2019

Pleased to announce that LEVL Telematics have won the What Van Innovation Award 2019 for its work with an all electric fleet operated by Farmdrop.

The annual WhatVan Awards were held yesterday on the 13th December at The Brewery, London, where LEVL were a finalist and short listed for the Innovation Award. After a fantastic lunch the awards ceremony commenced hosted by comedian  Tom Ward, The Innovation Award was a highly contested category and when Tom announced we were the winner we were absolutely thrilled. WhatVan Awards Winner

Our entry for the WhatVan Innovation award was for the work we have carried out with our customer Farmdrop the ethical on-line grocer  who since adopting the Geotab telematics platform provided for its fleet of electric vans in March 2018, on-line grocery business Farmdrop has seen dramatic, double-digit improvement in both efficiency and the behaviour of its drivers.

Farmdrop uses a fleet of 40 Nissan e-NV200 vans (pictured) and Renault Kangoo Z.E.s to make last-mile deliveries in the cities of London, Bristol and Bath.

Head of growth Mike Pearson remarks: “LEVL and Geotab has helped us make our fleet safer and more efficient.”

“Using the driver behaviour add-in, we have seen a 33% reduction in incidents of poor driving per mile. We have also seen a 27% reduction in the kW/mile we need to execute our London, Bristol and Bath routes.”

Farmdrop is an ethical grocer supplying local and sustainably produced food via an on-line platform and mobile app, so chose a telematics platform to extend its responsible business approach to its delivery operations.

Pearson adds: “Farmdrop’s mission is to fix the food chain, and so reducing emissions from food delivery is important to us. That’s why we use 100% electric delivery vehicles wherever possible.”

“The technology provided by LEVL lets us know where our vans are and how they are driven, saving us both time and money.”

The information available for fleet managers to see also includes showing whether, for example, there is sufficient range left for plug-in light commercial vehicles to complete delivery journeys.

Drivers, who have access to view their own performances, can be resistant to moving to electric vehicles so LEVL’s Geotab includes a gamification challenge to help get them on board. This has led to high engagement and acceptance from employees, according to Farmdrop, which drew up scores of driver performance based on speeding, seat belt use, harsh braking, acceleration and cornering.

“The majority of drivers who have picked it up in a positive way want to beat their own score and want to beat their peers’ scores on a monthly basis.

“And so, actually, it becomes an interactive solution and they get enjoyment out of seeing their scores improve,” says Pearson.

The insights on driving trends also become a useful tool for the management team, which identified a reduction in instances of poor driving behaviour of a third within four months of adopting Geotab. This improved safety and also had the knock-on effect of the vehicles being driven far more economically.

Going forward with LEVL’s support, Farmdrop plans to integrate Geotab into customer services to let their customers know about delays to deliveries and to provide accurate ETAs, and to use the software to measure driver downtime. FARMDROP CASE STUDY  

We are proud to have been a finalist and won the WhatVan Innovation Award 2019 a great result for all the team at LEVL and a special thanks to Farmdrop and Geotab for being part of the project that was delivered earlier this year.

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