Daimler is cooperating with NewMotion to offer commercial customers tailor-made solutions for all charging requirements from a single source. The offer ranges from consulting to installation and operation of the charging points.
Mercedes-Benz already offers charging solutions for private customers at home and in public. But an integrated charging infrastructure is of particular importance for the electrification of fleets for companies with their diverse mobility needs.
Daimler is cooperating with NewMotion to offer commercial customers a complete charging infrastructure solution that is as brand-neutral as possible as most fleets are mixed (we are tempted to add that Mercedes is not offering a large range of EVs at all yet).
To start with, fleet customers of Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales Germany and Athlon Germany, Daimler’s provider of cross-brand fleet leasing and management, will have an integrated complete solution from a single source at their disposal. The holistic and modular offer includes “tailor-made solutions for all charging requirements,” states the press release. In more concrete terms, clients may request services ranging from consulting to installation and operation of the charging points. The latter include charging stations at company locations, home charging stations for employees and access to public charging points.
With the NewMotion charging card, employees can also charge their electric car at over 100,000 public charging points in the European network of NewMotion and 200 roaming partners. Partners can charge publicly and pay for charging processes. Using the NewMotion app, employees can also find charging points and view bills, just as private clients can. However, fleet managers will be able to access a specialised online tool to see the charging infrastructure and all charging processes. It can also activate other services such as charge management, access authorisations (e.g. guest use) and billing functions.
Athlon has already put NewMotion’s first charging points into operation at the Düsseldorf location. André Girnus, Managing Director of Athlon Germany considers this “holistic approach is important in order to make the switch to electric cars as easy as possible for our customers”.
Daimler, on the other hand, also relies on Innogy at some of its factories. A year ago, the company announced that it had installed no less than 1,500 charging points at a total of 22 Daimler plants by February 2018. In addition, dealers now also have the option of equipping their locations with Innogy charging infrastructure to charge demonstration or customer vehicles. More recently, however, Daimler also struck a deal with ChargePoint to equip the dealer network in Germany with charging opportunities for electric car drivers.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.