A new electric vehicle infrastructure business for operators of electric commercial vehicles has launched.
Fleete, part of Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG), uses a charging-as-a-service model to help operators of buses, trucks and vans accelerate their transition to electric vehicles.
It is a one-stop-shop, taking care of the entire installation, management, and financing of charging infrastructure, with no up-front costs.
Dan Bentham, CEO of Fleete, said: “The deployment of electric fleet charging infrastructure is currently in its infancy - but demand is set to grow exponentially.
"Fleete has been created to support this large-scale transition to electric commercial vehicles.
"Through a monthly subscription with no upfront costs, we are putting clients at ease as they transition to electric vehicles.”
Fleete’s innovative subscription-based service installs high-powered DC charging equipment, delivering between 60kW and 600kW depending on individual fleet requirements, enabling efficient charging overnight and rapid top-ups.
This technology is provided by market leaders in ultrafast charging systems – potentially providing 100km of range in 10 minutes.
The business will provide charging infrastructure solutions for three types of location:
- Working with clients to deploy charging in large scale depots where vehicles are parked overnight.
- For smaller clients, Fleete will build innovative hybrid hubs, working with an anchor client to develop a charging infrastructure hub in cities, in locations like trading estates or carparks, that can be used by multiple fleets, with vehicles of all sizes, such as taxis and light commercial vehicles.
- Intercity chargers – supporting truck and coach fleets by building rapid chargers close to motorways.
As part of its service, Fleete will advise on layout, design, build and operation of all types of sites - as well as electric vehicle choice.
In order to minimise energy costs, Fleete customers will have access to the company’s proprietary software, which manages charging schedules - smart charging to take advantage of lower cost overnight rates for instance - optimising energy consumption and business spend while further reducing costs and carbon.
This will also have significant benefits for the electricity networks – in helping them manage charging demand.
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