The EV Café, a consultancy focusing on an electric vehicle future, has today announced a nationwide search with IoT and connected transportation solutions specialist Geotab for a fleet that is committed to making the transition to electric vehicle technology.
The competition, ‘The End of the ICEage’, is due to run until 20th May, and will provide support for the winning application to make the smooth switch from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to zero-emission alternatives.
Following a short application process, the winning fleet will gain access to the EV expertise of the EV Café panel. The solution will be powered by Geotab technology, and supported by The AA and Myenergi, the EV Cafe sponsors. Together, they will provide the telemetry, data capture, analysis and expert advice to improve the sustainability of ICE vehicles in addition to making a smooth transition to the latest in EV technology.
At the end of this year, the winning entry may well be getting started with a transition to a zero-emission fleet.
“Although we recognise that not all fleet vehicles can make the move to being replaced by electric or zero-emission vehicles, the time is now for fleets to understand what is required and to test new cleaner ways of delivering their goods and services,” said Paul Kirby, Commercial Director of the EV Café. “The time has never been better to get started and only by working with experts can we shorten the timescales for transition, deal with fleet managers’ concerns and truly deliver cleaner and more efficient fleets.”
To be selected for The End of the ICEage, the fleet must: have +100 vehicles with a mix of cars and vans (can include trucks, too); be interested in developing, are developing, or have developed some plans regarding decarbonisation, with a desire to accelerate its plans; and be willing to consider, at leadership level, how to minimise its carbon footprint.
The winning fleet will receive onsite support from industry leading experts, up to 100 free telematics units, driver training, and an analysis of the charging infrastructure on their existing routes to enable real world evaluation of electric vehicle suitability.
The package includes creation of a transport decarbonisation plan, vehicle deployment support, driver and fleet management training to ensure that good behaviours support great vehicles to maintain or improve upon current fleet performance.
“The UK has committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050,” added David Savage, Vice President, UK & Ireland, Geotab. “Transport is currently the largest emitting sector of the UK economy, responsible for around 27% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions. Over half the UK’s transport emissions (55%) come from cars.
“There is no doubt that something needs to be done to influence the future needs of our transport sector,” Savage continued. “Our telematics capability helps companies get a handle on their own carbon output and put them firmly on the path to a future of zero-carbon emissions.”