The US charging infrastructure provider ChargePoint has signed up another major customer for its expansion in Europe. The online supermarket Picnic, which operates in 200 cities in the Netherlands, Germany and France, is adopting ChargePoint’s cloud-based fleet charging solution for its electric delivery fleet.
According to ChargePoint, Picnic will use ChargePoint’s software platform to manage and charge its fleet, which includes more than 2,300 electric vehicles. The collaboration will allow Picnic to “take full advantage of advanced software charging solutions”.
In addition to charging management, this includes range forecasting for the electric delivery vans and optimisation of delivery routes and schedules. ChargePoint says that this should simplify Picnic’s business. In addition, the software naturally also offers corresponding evaluations and analysts, with which the fleet managers gain a transparent insight into the utilisation of their fleet. The aim is not only to increase utilisation but also to avoid breakdowns and reduce operating costs.
Since entering the European market, ChargePoint has increasingly invested in European eMobility software experts. Last year, for example, ChargePoint acquired Austrian specialist has-to-be and electric bus and commercial vehicle management provider ViriCiti.
“The launch of our cloud-based fleet charging solution at Picnic, the company with the largest electric food delivery fleet in Europe, is further proof of our commitment to fleets in Europe,” said Rich Mohr, vice president of fleets at ChargePoint. “We’re excited to partner with another leading technology innovator in the Netherlands and work together to drive fleet electrification.”
To deliver food ordered online, Picnic primarily uses small L7e class e-transporters, primarily from the French manufacturer Goupil. The vehicles are usually not charged via wallboxes, but ordinary sockets, meaning that there is no communication between the vehicle and the infrastructure like a wallbox with a type 2 cable.
“We are constantly looking for improvements in our vehicles, and smart charging is an important part of our efforts to further improve the sustainability of our fleet,” says Joris Wolters, vehicle expert at Picnic.
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