Security is important to any organization, especially those with valuable resources including customer financial or personal information. A growing number of companies are improving their security responsiveness by deploying fleets of electric vehicles backed by battery handling equipment.
Why Use Golf Carts?
The small electric vehicles that used to be seen only on golf courses are in great demand at any facility to large to walk. For security forces, the ability to reach the site of an incident or suspicious activity can save the company countless dollars by deterring theft or vandalism.
Standard cars or trucks have a number of disadvantages over golf carts. They spew toxic gasses which make them unusable indoors and a danger to the environment when used outdoors. Refueling means either a long drive to a service station or keeping volatile fuel on site. They are more expensive and, although that higher price buys size and speed, those extra features aren't needed for the short local trips security personnel will be making. Facility protection is far better served by a fleet of electric vehicles than a fleet of traditional gasoline or natural gas vehicles.
Keeping Electric Vehicles Charged
One downside to electric vehicles is the refueling. A car can be refueled in minutes but batteries takes hours to be recharged. This doesn't have to be a problem since battery handling equipment can replace a drained batteries with fully charged ones in the same time it takes to fill a gas tank. Batteries are removed safely with much less chance of worker injury than removing them by hand. A new power cell is put in the vehicle and the old one is moved to a recharging site.
The money invested in a battery management system will quickly be made up by more efficient fleet operations. Companies can operate with smaller fleets since no vehicle has to be taken out of service for recharge. Less time is lost replacing batteries, and fewer worker injuries means less company liability costs.
Making A Plan
To get the most from battery handling equipment, create a schedule of replacements and rules to govern vehicle movement in and out of the replacement area. Servicing all vehicles at shift changes means big traffic jams as everyone comes in at once. Staggering the replacements throughout the day leads to quicker processing of each vehicle.
Think carefully about the location of the battery handling equipment. The first instinct might be to put it in some out of the way location, but that increases drive time for each vehicle. Putting the battery storage systems and handling equipment in a central location or near the vehicle parking area ensures quick transitions. Make sure paths leading in and out of the area are always kept clear so vehicles can move in and out without getting in each other's way.
Improve security responsiveness by investing in a fleet of electric vehicles and battery handling equipment before your next security incident.