New EV infrastructure specialist launches
Fleete is the new electric vehicle infrastructure business from Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group
Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group (GIG) has launched a new electric vehicle infrastructure business for operators of electric commercial vehicles. The new business, Fleete, uses a charging-as-a-service model to help operators of buses and coaches accelerate their transition to electric vehicles.
Fleete aims to be a one-stop-shop, taking care of the entire installation, management and financing of charging infrastructure, with no up-front costs. The business offers a technology-driven, flexible service that focuses on putting the customer at the centre, utilising the latest charging infrastructure that can scale as the customer’s fleet grows.
Fleete’s 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 ten minutes.
“The mass transition to electric vehicles is now inevitable, the only question is how quickly it will happen” – Mark Dooley, Global Head of Green Investment Group
Mark Dooley, Global Head of Green Investment Group, said: “The mass transition to electric vehicles is now inevitable, the only question is how quickly it will happen. GIG is here to make that transition happen as fast as possible and we see commercial fleets as an opportunity for significant near-term decarbonisation impact. By establishing Fleete, we aim to accelerate the EV transition by making it easy for operators to reap the benefits of going electric immediately, while supporting the delivery of a smart, flexible, low-carbon energy system.”
“Through a monthly subscription with no upfront costs, we are putting clients at ease as they transition to electric vehicles” – Dan Bentham, CEO of Fleete
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. All of this wrapped up in our over-arching digital platform. Achieving this can only be done in a smart, connected way with a single point of service for our clients. That is Fleete.”
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.