Schneider Electric has announced an exclusive five-year partnership with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions to provide complete electric vehicle charging solutions to their fleet and personal customers.
The partnership aims to help make electrical vehicles more commercially viable for business fleets and enable organisations to hit green targets.
The partnership is for all makes and models of BEV's (Battery Electric Vehicles) and PHEV's (Plug in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) from all major vehicle manufacturers.
Although electric vehicles bring a host of benefits, from a £5,000 Government grant to congestion charge exemption, zero road tax, and fuel costs from just 2p-per-mile, practicalities in charging have acted as a barrier for many.
Schneider Electrics partnership with Hitachi Capital aims to combat these barriers by: setting standards of electrical vehicle charging services that guarantee a high end customer experience and service; and full management of the end-to-end customer journey using Schneider Electric management process tools.
Residential charge point installations using the Schneider Electric EVLink range of products and the provision of charging solutions to corporate customers of Hitachi Capital at their workplaces and depot networks are also priorities.
David Greaves, business development director at Schneider Electric, said: “We believe that working together in partnership with Hitachi Capital, will help promote a higher standard of experience for the customer.
“The benefits are enormous and range from access to easy, safe and high performance charging to helping make Britain a cleaner, greener place.
“At Schneider Electric we are committed to reducing carbon and creating a sustainable and ethical business. This has resulted in us achieving a top 10 position of the most sustainable corporations in the world and we are delighted to bring this to the partnership."
Tim Bowden, head of operations at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, added: “We were looking to work with an organisation that shared our passion for providing high-quality service.
“Schneider Electric shares the same ethics as Hitachi Capital and was a natural choice. Hitachi Capital’s appetite for new technology keeps us and our customers at the forefront of innovation and this partnership will further enhance our technological skills.”
Schneider Electric products and installation services are fully approved by the Government and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) for the provision of EV home charging. Schneider also fully manages the subsidy claim process on behalf of the end users to minimise the administration for them.