New UK fleet roaming network announced and led by Paua
Today, Paua, a newcomer to the e-mobility space announced in 2020, published a milestone. The roaming business says it has now signed up companies amounting to access to 10,000 charge points across the UK. Their clients include leading providers such as Osprey, Fastned, Ionity, Connected Kerb, Char.gy, and Mer.
BP acquires Amply Power in the US
BP took its first major step into electrification in the US with the acquisition of Amply Power, an EV charging and energy management provider for fleets that operate trucks, transit and school buses, vans and light-duty vehicles.
ABB’s Panion & AWS launch fleet management tool
ABB’s corporate startup Panion and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are launching the test phase of their jointly developed digital solution for electric vehicle fleet charge planning. The cloud-based software, called Panion EV Charge Planning, is dedicated to real-time management of electric fleets and charging facilities.
VW runs out of EVs
Originally, Volkswagen had called on its managers to choose cars that were as CO2-friendly as possible as company cars. A special rule on this was already softened in June due to the lack of available EV models.
Asda to convert all company cars to electric by mid-2025
The British supermarket chain Asda has announced that it will convert its fleet of over 600 vehicles completely to electric cars by June 2025. The company is thus a few years ahead of the British government’s target of only allowing new zero-emission cars from 2030.
Ample expands automated battery swapping system (video)
Ample, the American start-up supported by Shell, among others, announced two partnerships in the past few days to deploy its technology for EV battery swapping in Japan and the USA. Ample supports fully automated modular battery exchanges and says it is working with various manufacturers.
Swisscom working towards full fleet electrification
Telecommunications group Swisscom maintains one of the largest company fleets in Switzerland, comprising of around 24,000 vehicles. The Group now decided to progress electrification and to include all-electric cars for the first time. Swisscom opted for the new Škoda Enyaq e-SUV by the Volkswagen Group.
Siemens & DCS launch ‘Enterprise Charging Network’
Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Digital Charging Solutions (DCS) have teamed up to better help business fleets make the switch to electric vehicles. Corporate customers can now sign onto the ‘Enterprise Charging Network’ for unified access to charging points across Europe.
Volkswagen Group misses EU CO2 fleet targets narrowly
The Volkswagen Group just missed the EU’s CO2 fleet targets for 2020. The CO2 pool formed with other manufacturers fell short by around 0.5 g/km last year. By contrast, the VW and Audi brands exceeded their CO2 fleet targets, primarily due to the ramp-up of the ID.3 and rising e-tron sales.
FCA offers fleet customers NewMotion charging solutions
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.
Change of view: The EV as end device in the tech stack
In our latest feature, Paul Gumienny of Cosmic Cat Group is reminded of his experience in the early telco industry when looking at e-mobility today. Much like in the telecommunication sector before, he says fleet managers and the industry better start rethinking their business now.
A friend of short trips: Citroën Ami electric car review
Less is more. That’s the Citroën Ami in a nutshell. The all-electric four-wheeler with its 75-kilometre-range targets a young, urban group of buyers who simply want to get from A to B. We tested it and wondered whether the little friend is also suitable for fleet use.
Schneider Electric joins EV100
Schneider Electric has joined the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, committing to the electrification of its corporate fleet. By 2030, Schneider Electric plans to replace 14,000 vehicles in over 50 countries with electric cars.
UK: Government departments must move on ULEV
British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has set out plans for the government to move towards ultra-low emission car fleets over the next decade. The Government Car Service is on track to meet the targets, with EVs making up nearly 23% of the fleet.
Fleet manager adoption of EVs, Low-speed EVs in China.
Research tip: William Sierzchula’s study ‘Factors influencing fleet manager adoption of electric vehicles’ at the TU Delft, Netherlands, found that most fleet managers based their EV buying decision on their own testing experience. “Greening” the company’s image or incentives were less important.
greencarcongress.com, sciencedirect.com (purchase study)
Reading tip: EVs are just slowly catching up speed in China? AutoblogGreen took a closer look at low-speed vehicles and found out that half a million electric were sold so far. A low-speed electric vehicle revolution!