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Octopus Electric Vehicles launches new EV ‘transition bundle’ for fleet managers

  • New ‘transition bundle’ designed specifically for fleet managers’ switch to electric
  • Offers a complete solution: from advice and specialist rates on vehicles, to reporting on charging and miles for home, work and on the go
  • Octopus Electric Vehicles partner with Ohme, Alfen and FLEETCOR 
  • First integrated solution to monitor EV charging, to allow employers to have data to reconcile employee expenses

Great British Fleet Event, Hammersmith – Octopus Electric Vehicles today launches a new bundle for fleet managers to make the switch to electric driving as easy as possible. 

The Octopus Electric Vehicles Fleet Solution brings together best-in-class service providers to create a ‘transition bundle’ to enable greener driving. Switching to clean transport can reduce fuel costs by up to 90% and maintenance costs by up to 70% – but is often considered too “challenging” by many businesses. 

Working with partners Ohme, Alfen and FLEETCOR, the Fleet Solution allows businesses to unlock the financial and environmental benefits of EVs. The Solution overcomes concerns by helping managers select the right EV; smart charging solutions for home, work and on the go; and easy monitoring and management of charging spend. 

Octopus Electric Vehicles is showcasing the Fleet Solution with its partners at the Great British Fleet event on the 30th January 2020.

The Octopus Electric Vehicles Fleet Solution bundle provides full access to the Ohme Fleet Dashboard and FLEETCOR AllStar One Electric – giving access to an integrated network of charging at home, work and on the go. It requires an upfront set-up cost and ongoing monthly payment thereafter.

The Octopus Electric Vehicle Fleet Solution includes:

  • Impartial, independent advice on all pure electric vehicles 
  • Specialist finance and servicing rates with leasing companies set up to manage EVs
  • Smart chargers for each vehicle at home and work from Alfen 
  • Overview of charging data via the Ohme Fleet Dashboard
  • Full data integrating with FLEETCOR’s Allstar One Electricreports
  • A dedicated EV expert support line throughout the contract 

About the bundle

Octopus Electric Vehicles provides independent and impartial advice on the range of electric vehicles and works closely with businesses to plan their electric transition based on the business’ unique needs. Working closely with vehicle manufacturers and the most EV-friendly leasing companies, Octopus secures outstanding rates on the vehicles. 

The Ohme Fleet Dashboard is an app-based service designed to track and minimise charging costs. It allows charging and vehicle miles to be categorised as home, workplace or destination, enabling a suite of reporting functions as well as reimbursement of expenses for home energy use. The service builds on Ohme’s success with home smart charging solutions, allowing charging to be aligned with EV-friendly tariffs such as OctopusGo and AgileOctopus.

Ohme Fleet Dashboard also includes a web platform with a range of customisation and reporting features. This provides fleet managers with visibility of CO2 savings, charging location and charging costs by individual, by vehicle or across the whole fleet.

Octopus Electric Vehicles and Ohme have collaborated with chargepoint experts Alfen to offer optimised charging and reporting across a range of smart home and workplace chargers. Using open protocols, Alfen smart chargers are linked to the Ohme Fleet Dashboard collecting all critical information about each driver’s charging needs. 

FInally, the system is also integrated with the FLEETCOR Allstar One Electric reports, giving fleet managers consistent reporting on a range of public networks. A key benefit of this solution is that fleet operators can have full oversight of reporting for both electric vehicle charging and petrol cars. 

Hear from the innovative businesses involved

Robert Labinski, Head of EV Business Solutions at Octopus Electric Vehicles commented “The rise of electric vehicles is a huge opportunity in the fleet sector – it allows managers to be a force for good on the road, with cleaner, greener transport. However, it does present small challenges: particularly giving drivers easy access to charging – and then reconciling the cost of charging whether at home, work or on the road. Fleet managers don’t want their staff to be out of pocket if they charge their electric vehicles at home, where they can access low cost, green electricity. 

“Managers are very alive to the ‘charging challenge’: the accessibility and reliability of charging solutions and visibility of charging data. Our technology and partnerships with Ohme, Alfen and FLEETCOR is in response to our insights from fleet businesses. The new bundle provides unrivalled visibility on cost of ownership for every fleet vehicle and a significantly reduced administrative burden associated with electric alternatives.”

David Watson, Ohme’s CEO explains, “Our service gives fleet managers all the charging data they need to manage their electric fleet and provides access to low-cost home electricity tariffs for their vehicles, with fuel costs as little as 2p per mile.”

Alex Earl, Alfen’s UK Country Manager, says: “With over 10 years’ experience in manufacturing smart EV charge points, we offer proven smart and reliable charge points that maximise charging speeds while safeguarding the local grid capacity. We believe in open protocols and therefore our charge points can easily be integrated into third-party systems, which, together with our full-colour charger display, provide our clients the tools to optimise their charging infrastructure and user experience.”

Paul Holland, Managing Director of Fleetcor, UK Fuel commented on the collaboration, “The Allstar One Electric card simplifies expenses and VAT reclaim by combining transactions from all fuel types onto one HMRC-compliant invoice. With this information, fleet managers have full visibility of spend across their fleet. We’re delighted to work with Octopus Electric Vehicles on this initiative and we hope this bundle helps Fleet Managers as they migrate to an EV fleet.”

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