The technology, similar to that used by aerospace manufacturers and part of its ZERO software package,
can either take existing telematics data or create its own for commercial vehicle fleets that don’t have
the information, or can’t apply it.
Using ZERO’s extensive, bespoke database of almost all electric commercial vehicles, fleets and
consultants can firstly spec exact vehicles in detail, including options such as battery size, tyre choice,
weights, optional extras and accessories.
They can then create routes, using either existing journeys or by plotting new ones, and set up fleet
movements in simulated scenarios that include real world geographic, traffic and road conditions.
Added to this can be drop-offs, deliveries, rest stops or charging, as well as driving styles and weather
Synthetic Telematics’ advanced analytic and predictive algorithms show how an electric fleet would
operate, based on the parameters entered, which can then be adjusted to determine what a real-world
fleet will really need to operate successfully, such as alternative charging methods, other vehicles, new
routes or revised operational procedures.
“Synthetic Telematics is game-changing because for the first time, fleets can now run their entire
operation virtually before a wheel even turns for real,” said Dynamon CEO Angus Webb. “This allows
them to make fully informed decisions in every area of procurement and planning, ensuring that the
transition to electric is right first-time, avoiding expensive over- or under-speccing of vehicles and
Crucial to the proposition is the ability to create telematics data for fleets that need it, said Webb.
Often, fleets may only have partial or incomplete data, or may only collect information on certain
operational elements, such as drop off times. Fleets can also struggle to take the data they have from
petrol and diesel vehicles and use it to predict how electric vehicles may perform. Synthetic Telematics
solves all of this.
“The modelling available with Synthetic Telematics changes the way businesses can plan for the future,
because it lays out all the data they will need. It shows how vehicles will perform on different routes, in
different temperatures. The level of detail is remarkable,” Webb added.
Dynamon has done this through the creation of its own database of vehicle information, which included
on-road testing for real-world efficiency figures and the calculation of factors such as the effect of
certain options, such as different tyres or wheelbases. It can even model the effect of loads and wind
direction on battery effectiveness.
“We’re now at a stage where Synthetic Telematics can take over from testing. Fleets often try electric
vehicles out, but how rigorous can their testing procedure be? Often it can be quite anecdotal, and
limited: nobody has the time and money to test all EVs on every route, in all conditions. With Synthetic
Telematics, you can do this,” said Webb.
As part of the development of Synthetic Telematics, Dynamon undertook its own testing of vehicles on
routes and then ran the same trials virtually, to ensure that the results through Synthetic Telematics
“What we saw was that the results of the modelling were remarkably similar, producing every data
point a fleet would need. So, for example, Synthetic Telematics can model how a particular EV would
perform if the route was on a Monday morning during rush hour, with a full load, in winter, showing
efficiency at any point on a specific road,” said Webb.
“Without this incredible level of detail, many fleets are doing fairly basic calculations on EV
performance, taking battery size, approximate consumption and distance, and coming up with a number
for range, charging need and cost. Synthetic Telematics, however, can show where batteries are being
depleted most on a particular journey – perhaps because it is especially hilly, or has a lot of stop-start
driving – allowing fleets to reroute if necessary to improve range, or choose another vehicle.
“Synthetic Telematics will change the way fleets move to electric,” said Webb. “It allows them to be sure
of the type of charging they will need, which vehicles to choose and how to adapt their working
operation to accommodate electric. And they can do all of this in a risk-free virtual environment, saving
them time and money and ensuring when they do transition to electric, it is right, first-time.”