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Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions launches fleet decarbonisation solution

Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions (HCVS) has launched a decarbonisation solution to help more large commercial and public transport fleets switch to electric vehicles (EV).

The Intelligent Fleet Decarbonisation solution has been created as part of a three-year deal to collaborate with Hitachi Europe on new net-zero solutions for fleet owners.

The fleet conversion solution aims to simplify and de-risk the process of switching large commercial and public transport fleets from combustion to electric vehicles (EVs).

The service helps build the business case for conversion based upon total cost of ownership (TCO) comparisons and vehicle sourcing and financing options.

Full or even partial fleet electrification needs to take a range of factors into account, including the size and age of the existing fleet, the suitability of the depot for conversion and the requirements for grid infrastructure, energy management and driver training, says HCVS.

The partnership’s solution considers all of these different elements to assess both the opportunity and viability of converting the fleet to electric, and offers an end-to-end solution to accelerate the transition to low-carbon fleet.

For fleet decision-makers looking to run their operations with the lowest cost and carbon impact, electrification is just one part of the journey and so the partnership has also developed a fleet optimisation digital platform, adds HCVS.

Users maximise fleet utilisation, predict maintenance and optimise driver behaviour in real-time thanks to harmonising big data and using artificial intelligence.   

Ram Ramachander, chief commercial officer, social innovation business EMEA and chief digital officer, Hitachi Europe, said: “Our collaboration with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions is testament to the power of co-creation.

“Together we have created innovative new solutions that help fleet owners cut costs and carbon. We look forward to continuing this partnership into the future and incubating new business models.” 

Jon Lawes, managing director at HCVS, added: “This partnership enables us to accelerate the transition to AFVs for fleets of all shapes and sizes; from managing large scale transition ICEs to BEVs to fleet optimisation and EV depot charging solutions.

“We’re solving society’s challenges to decarbonise vehicles, safely, while saving costs.

“In addition to our partnership with Gridserve to build better charging infrastructure, we offer a unique solution to make electrification a reality for our customers.”

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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