This first-of-its-kind relationship in the fleet industry is timely with electric car fleets predicted to reach 20 million by 2020 globally
Public buses, delivery trucks and other corporate fleets in the US will have the opportunity to reduce their environmental footprint from this summer onwards.
US Bank is teaming up with ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, to offer Voyager Network Fleet Card acceptance at tens-of-thousands of charging ports throughout the United States.
ChargePoint will begin equipping its locations for acceptance immediately and expects the process to be completed over the summer.
Together, the companies claim to be bringing many firsts to the industry. ChargePoint is the first EV charging network to accept corporate fleet cards and Voyager is the first fleet card issuer to be accepted at their charging spots. This first-of-its-kind relationship in the fleet industry is timely, as Electric Vehicles International predicts electric car fleets to reach 20 million by 2020 globally.
“Joining the Voyager Network is a significant enhancement to ChargePoint’s already comprehensive fleet charging solutions that simplify operations for a wide range of government, utility and private fleet operators,” said Michael Jones, vice president, sales, ChargePoint.
He added: “As the demand for electric transportation increases, ChargePoint continues to innovate across our portfolio, adding features and technologies that make going electric seamless, convenient and cost-effective for fleet operators.
"Making expense management easy while giving fleet drivers the flexibility to charge at multiple locations on the ChargePoint network is yet another innovation that makes our solution even more compelling to fleet managers.”
The Voyager Network, owned and operated by US Bank, is one of the largest fleet-fuelling and maintenance acceptance networks in the United States. The Voyager Fleet Card is accepted at more than 320,000 fuelling, maintenance and service locations and used by millions of drivers of fleet cars, trucks and heavy-duty commercial rigs.
The network offers sophisticated purchase controls and data that simplify fleet expense management by giving fleet managers greater visibility and control over fleet spend.
“Working with ChargePoint is an excellent example of our commitment as a bank to promote a sustainable environment while supporting economic growth,” said US Bank Global, transportation general manager John Hardin. “ChargePoint’s well-established nationwide presence gives our fleets instant access to an alternative power source and reflects the bank’s strategy of pursuing innovative partnerships in renewable energy.”
ChargePoint offers a broad range of smart networked charging offerings, software solutions and cloud services to help fleet managers effectively manage electric vehicles fleets. In addition to charging solutions, ChargePoint provides a number of tools for a wide range of fleet scenarios, including depot, mixed-use, and on-route.
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