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ViaVan and Shell collaborate on electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Ride sharing company ViaVan and Shell are working together on a system that will monitor battery range and routes to charging stations to help manage electric fleets.

The “EV Operating System” is being deployed in Dutch capital Amsterdam and brings together ViaVan's expertise in on-demand mobility technology with Shell's charging solutions.

ViaVan and Shell aim to demonstrate that high-capacity electric fleets can improve performance when routing to available chargers is intelligently optimised.

In Amsterdam, the system will monitor the real-time battery status of all vehicles in the ViaVan fleet, calculate upcoming charging tasks and intelligently route vehicles to a Shell charging station. Passengers can book an electric shared ride through an "eVia” request on the ViaVan mobile app.

Both companies believe using an "EV Operating System" could hold significant potential for municipalities to gain further control of energy grid usage across the city, both through better planning and more efficient on-demand use of charging assets.

Amsterdam was selected as the initial market for the project in large part for its commitment to transport sustainability.

The city has stated clear goals to achieve zero-emission transport by 2025. It is also home to both ViaVan’s first shared ride service in Europe and Shell’s Technology Centre.

Chris Snyder, ViaVan chief executive, said: “The successful integration of electric vehicles into fleets of on-demand shared shuttles is a complex operational challenge that requires smart EV technology.

"When technology interacts with infrastructure, we have the ability to bring innovative, congestion-reducing and sustainable solutions to cities that have the potential to evolve public transportation towards a greener, shared future.”

ViaVan was founded in 2017 as a joint venture between Via, the shared ride technology company and Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The business is currently working with 20 countries on ride-sharing services and has provided over 70 million journeys to date.

ViaVan’s first UK project is in Milton Keynes and its ride-sharing services in the city will be fully EV by next year.

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