In addition to selling the vehicles, evTS also offers clients a unique “Transportation-as-a-Service” (TaaS) subscription option inspired by the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business model.
Instead of buying a new FireFly outright, a company or municipality can choose to pay a monthly service fee that includes the vehicle, charging stations, electricity, insurance, and regular repair and maintenance costs. The TaaS model allows companies or municipalities to budget the vehicles as operating expenses instead of capital expenditures.
The arrangement is ideal for a business or government agency that needs to expand or contract its fleet based on current demands – and is a low-risk option for trying out electric vehicles without the commitment of a large upfront investment. Fleet operators quickly can add one, 50 or 500 customized vehicles on a monthly basis for as long as needed (a minimum term of one year is required).
This same flexibility, scalability, affordability and maintenance-free experience is also the bedrock of Onshape’s SaaS delivery model. Companies no longer need to purchase their own servers or high-performance workstations as Onshape users benefit from the unlimited and elastic computational power of the cloud.
Requiring no license codes, maintenance, downloads or installs, Onshape has a zero-IT footprint, allowing companies to reallocate their IT resources elsewhere. New features, improvements and bug fixes are automatically added in the cloud every three weeks – everything is included in an annual subscription.
Noting the parallels between Transportation-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, Solomont says that Onshape “fits our business requirements like a glove.”