19 juil 23

Alphabet (GB) supercharges e-mobility with E.ON

Increasingly more leasing companies are partnering with charging providers to try and bridge the gaps in charging facilities for fleet customers. The latest is Alphabet (GB) which has appointed E.ON as its new electric vehicle charging partner. 

According to Europa.eu (the official website of the European Union), in 2021, there were 1.9 million electric passenger vehicles on Europe’s roads. More importantly, there was a substantial (76%) increase in EVs on Europe’s roads compared to 2020. However, that increase has not been matched by growth in the charging infrastructure across the Union. 

According to McKinsey & Co, there were an estimated 375,000 EV charging stations across Europe in 2021. But more recent research the company carried out in conjunction with ACEA (The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) concluded that the EU-27 will need at least 3.4 million operational public charging points by 2030 to meet transport decarbonisation targets. Perhaps this is why leasing companies and fleet operators are taking matters into their own hands. 

Today, Alphabet manages 55,000 PHEVs and BEVs and says that 69% of new car orders are for partially or fully electric vehicles. Its partnership with E.ON will provide customers with a complete package of fully integrated home, workplace and public charging solutions, hassle-free. 

The full-service partnership takes care of everything from planning and installation to charge point operation and maintenance for simplicity and peace of mind.

Charging at home

With E.ON as a partner, new and existing Alphabet customers can use exclusive home charging offers, including discounted, fully fitted wall boxes. This involves a simple four-step process from enquiry to installation and guidance on selecting the best option for their property and vehicle.

E.ON will also provide a dedicated app (E.ON Drive) for business drivers to remotely monitor, control, and optimise charging from home or their office. The solution features intelligent charging, charging customers overnight when tariffs are cheap.

Charging at Work

Businesses exploring workplace charging options will also benefit from the partnership. Customers can access advice on creating and optimising workplace charging and help set up and manage ongoing fleet requirements. Payment and driver reimbursement options allow fleet managers to choose a tailored approach. In addition, detailed monthly fleet and charging reporting saves time by streamlining billing and remuneration for eligible employees.

Charging On-the-move

E.ON operates one of Europe’s largest EV charging networks, with over 36,000 public charge points and 3,000 Ultra-Fast Charging (UFC) stations available via the E.ON Drive app. Drivers can locate and pay for charging using the app while viewing availability, speed, and cost.

David Rose, Head of Product and Governance, Alphabet (GB) Limited, said: “With compelling sustainability benefits and fast-approaching net-zero deadlines, it’s not a question of ‘if’, but ’when’ businesses switch to EVs. Smart, flexible, and convenient solutions are at the heart of our e-mobility offering, and we’re always looking at ways to make the transition to sustainable mobility even easier for drivers and fleet managers.

“Charging is still one of the biggest concerns for fleets of all sizes. By partnering with E.ON, we’re reinforcing our long-standing commitment to ensuring our customers get the expert support and solutions they need to break down barriers and supercharge EV adoption.

Chris Lovatt, Chief Operating Officer of UK Solutions, E.ON, said: “Decarbonising transport is one of the key pillars of meeting the UK’s 2050 net zero targets and is vital to combat the climate crisis. Increasing the number of charging points at home, in public and at workplaces will not only reassure drivers, we hope it will inspire them to make the cleaner choice.

Image courtesy of Alphabet

Authored by: Alison Pittaway