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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.”

The Smart Transport October 2020 Conference - 'Connecting policy to solutions'

More speakers have been confirmed for the Virtual Smart Transport Conference

Our inspirational speaker line-up of over 45 speakers recognise that only through genuine public private sector collaboration will effective change be realised. Collectively conference speakers will focus on “Connecting Policy to Solutions” in order to deliver a digitalised, decarbonised, integrated, multi-model transport future for all.

Smart Transport’s free autumn conference is being held in association with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and will be held virtually across October 20, 21 and 22 to help showcase solutions to central and local government transport policy in the fast moving UK transport sector.

Our speaker line-up

Andy Burnham - Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Anthony Smith - Chief Executive, Transport Focus
Beate Kubitz - Director of Policy and Communications, Future Mobility Research
Ben Lawson - VP Strategy Europe, Enterprise Holdings
Bob Moran - Deputy Director Head of Environmental Strategy, DfT
Bridget Rosewell CBE - Chairman, M6 toll & DVSA
Carl Bayliss - VP Mobility & Home Energy, Centrica
Chris Morris - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Sustainable Ventures
Chris Sibthorpe - Regional Director Manchester, PJA
Claire Haigh - CEO, Greener Journeys
Connor Chaplin - Innovation, Research & Insight Officer, TfGM
Daniel Ruiz - CEO, Zenzic
David Elvy - Head of Future Freight Strategy, DfT
David Savage - Regional Manager, Geotab
David Waterhouse - Head of Infrastructure, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
Dominic Smith - Senior Transport Strategy Officer, Cycling & Walking, TfGM
Dr Lucy Mahoney - Network Manager, Walking and Cycling, C40
Ed Clarke - Managing Director UK & Nordics Road Network, FedEx Express
George Lunt - Technical Director, AECOM
Gordon Young - Head of Vehicle Finance, Macquarie Bank
Greg Marsden - Professor of Transport Governance, University of Leeds
Ian Forbes - Head of CCAV, DfT
Jason Simpson - Founder & Board Director, Liberty Charge
Kim Sawyer - CEO, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority
Laurence Drake - Managing Director, DAF
Lee Kidger - Managing Director, Raleigh
Lindsay Humblett - Partner, Planit-IE LLP
Liz Hunter - Head of Transport Policy, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Mark Dickens - Director, Groupe Renault
Martin Howell - Director, Transport Markets, UK & Ireland, Worldline
Martin Tugwell - Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland
Dr Mike Short CBE - Chief Scientific Advisor, Department for International Trade
Prof Nick Reed - Founder, Reed Mobility
Nicola Kane - Head of Strategic Planning, Insight & Innovation, TfGM
Oliver Johnson - UK Head of Sales, ABB
Polly Billington - Director, UK100
Rachel Maclean - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, DfT
Rafael Cuesta - Transport Consultant, RCC Ltd
Richard Dilks - Chief Executive, COMO UK
Sam Li - Senior Innovation Officer, TfGM
Sarah Kumeta - Senior Innovation Officer, TfGM
Shane Fitzpatrick - Director of Integrated Transport (Interim), Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
Simon Warburton - Transport Strategy Director, TfGM
Stephen Bellamy - Interim Head of Commercial, Tyne & Wear
Stephen Briers - Editor-in-Chief, Bauer Media

Smart Transport editor-in-chief Stephen Briers said: "Coronavirus may have temporarily stopped live events this year, but we have a fantastic alternative for you with our virtual conference.

"The seminars will be just as engaging and insightful, and our speakers will be among the best experts in their fields. From the most influential policymakers to the most innovative products and services, the show will be packed with great content.

"Our virtual platform is simply stunning: It looks amazing and is really easy to use, replicating all the features that make the 'real' conference such a must-attend event, with networking, Q&As, polls and interactive chats." 

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