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Mercedes-Benz Vans signs deal with EO Charging

Mercedes-Benz Vans has partnered with EO Charging to provide customers with electric vehicle (EV) chargers, charge point management software and ongoing support and maintenance.

For retail customers whose vehicle batteries will be charged at home, the EO charge point will be supplied and installed free of charge.

Fleets and small businesses ordering vehicles for operation from one or more depots can also purchase EO chargers from Mercedes-Benz and its official UK retail network at attractive rates, it said.

Charlie Jardine, chief executive and founder of EO, said: “Making the switch to an electric vehicle can be daunting for businesses and the everyday EV driver. Too often do drivers leave a dealership without having received any education on how charging works - we want to put a stop to this in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“The partnership is testament to the reliability and success we’ve already achieved having worked indirectly with Mercedes-Benz Vans and is another significant step on our roadmap to becoming the global leader in charging electric car, van, truck and bus fleets.”

Key to Mercedes-Benz Vans’ decision to engage in the new partnership, it said, was the industry-leading service and maintenance package that EO provides to customers through the installation and life of the charger.

The manufacturer’s strategic agreement with EO reflects its ‘Ambition 2039’ climate-neutral mobility goal and commitment to assist operators in making the transition from diesel- to battery-powered vehicles.

The Mercedes-Benz Vans range includes fully-electric eSprinter and eVito variants, while the first right-hand drive eCitans are set to arrive in the UK roads towards the end of next year. All produce zero tailpipe emissions.

Kevin Ferris, head of electric mobility at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, added: “We are committed to the pursuit of emission-free mobility and sustainable vehicle production and it is crucial as we work towards these goals that we do so with partners we trust. This explains why Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has chosen to add EO as a charging partner.

“Our pledge to those contemplating the switch to electric is that we will be at their side to support them on their journeys to a cleaner, ‘greener’ future.

“Given its well proven capabilities and advanced technology, I have every confidence in EO’s ability to assist our customers by making the transition as simple as possible.”

EO Charging unveils new EV fleet charging ecosystem

EO Charging has also unveiled its fleet EV charging ecosystem, a complete charging infrastructure offering available for car, van, truck and bus fleets.

From design to deployment, EO’s fleet solution includes everything a business or Government needs to electrify vehicle fleets at scale and at pace, it says.

The ecosystem includes: smart fleet consultation, design and deployment, AC and DC charging hardware and 24/7/365 support and maintenance.

Jardine said: “For years enterprise tech businesses have successfully used a range of applications, programming languages, hardware and platforms to enable scalability and interoperability.

“We’re now introducing this level of scalability and flexibility to the world of EV charging with a ‘full-stack’ ecosystem that provides fleet managers with the software and hardware to bring multiple datapoints together in one seamless view.

“With EO’s turnkey solution, fleet managers and operators will have a one-stop shop for planning through implementation of the electrification of their vehicle fleets.”

He continued: “A primary focus is to ensure the EO Cloud offers fleet managers the right software-based tools and single viewpoint to manage electric vehicles anywhere in the world.

“We’re working to integrate the world’s best charging hardware, third-party management systems and data management to facilitate this.”

EO Cloud’s open approach provides first-class analytics and valuable vehicle assessments to inform better decisions when managing a fleet.

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