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New solution to provide complete EV fleet package

Fleetdrive Electric has launched a new electric vehicle charging solution designed specifically for fleets.

Fleetdrive Electric's bespoke charging solution is designed to provide the complete EV fleet package.

Fleetdrive Electric’s bespoke charging solution is designed to provide the complete EV fleet package.

Dubbed ‘Crowd Charge’, the system is intended to provide an easy-to-use means of introducing, implementing and managing EVs at the workplace, including enabling fleets to make informed decisions about which vehicle type provides a viable option for their drivers, the finance options available and offering an overall assessment of the requirements for implementing a functional, effective workplace charging system.

Working with EV infrastructure specialists from University of Reading, and other IT and energy management partners, the smart-charger system uses the latest vehicle-to-grid technology and a universal vehicle connection. In the near future, Crowd Charge users will be able to choose to have their vehicles charged based on pricing signals from the energy market, which would reduce costs and help utilisation of renewable generation.

Other benefits include scalability with the option to connect additional chargepoints as needed and PAYG charging, with employees given RFID cards to access the charging unit, to which they can add funds via PayPal or credit card payment and then use adhoc. The solution also offers easy accounting/billing with monthly or annual reports itemising the energy used by employee as well as CO2 reporting based on the actual energy mix supplied to fuel the vehicles. The technology can also manage queues where limited charge-points are available.

Mike Potter, managing director at Fleetdrive Electric, said: “Pure electric vehicles are the best way to drive down emissions and improve air quality and businesses can play a vital part in the transition to zero emission mobility.

“Although 90% of electric vehicle charging takes place at home, workplaces which can offer EV charging can effectively double the range capability of an electric vehicle, making them a realistic option for many more drivers.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.