Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and NewMotion announce a new partnership for FCA’s business clients that will gain access to NewMotion’s entire charging ecosystem. The partners will roll out the service in twelve European countries, starting with France, Germany and the UK.
NewMotion will install the charging stations, provide a charging card with access to over 175,000 public charging points in Europe and offer support from the first consultation to back-office services and customer care in emergencies.
All chargers are connected online and equipped with smart charging functions, adds NewMotion. Fleet managers may book additional billing functions and request data insights so that for example, employees who drive a company car but charge at home, will be automatically reimbursed for these costs.
Companies with large fleets will also have access to a central platform called Business Hub to monitor, analyse and control all aspects of the charging processes. This also includes configuring driver access, monitor usage and control costs.
FCA claims they chose NewMotion because of its pan-European presence, which would provide access to one of the continent’s largest public roaming networks. “We want to simplify the life of those who decide to buy an electric or electrified vehicle,” expresses Roberto Di Stefano, Head of e-Mobility EMEA at FCA. “These are simple, innovative solutions that can transform any issues business clients may encounter with new types of e-mobility into opportunities.”
NewMotion and FCA will roll out the offering for FCA business customers in Germany, France and the UK, followed by the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
NewMotion has been in the business for ten years: “Our ecosystem of smart charging solutions that spans a large number of European countries means business customers who operate internationally or have multiple locations can be sure they can access the same solutions everywhere,” says NewMotion CEO Melanie Lane. The company is part of the Shell Group and says it now has more than 300,000 registered users.
In November, the charging infrastructure provider made public cooperation with vehicle rental company Europcar as reported. As with future projects with FCA fleet customers, the cooperation extends from smart charging points to access to the Business Hub platform.
For FCA, the company is only getting the hang (again) of electric vehicles, most prominently with the (re-)launch of the Fiat 500 electric car or the e-Ducato van and also following its fusion with PSA Group. The company has since been seen to build new partnerships in the e-mobility space also for private customers. In the UK, FCA is working with Kaluza on a smart charging trial reportedly. At the same time, FCA Italy and Engie EPS have signed an MoU to create an e-mobility joint venture. The focus will be on energy and charging infrastructure solutions and services for the private, commercial and public sectors.