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Audi trialling home charging system for electric cars

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Audi has joined forces with two large fleets to trial the use of the Mina home charging system for company car drivers.

The initiative aims to remove drivers’ concerns around the complexities of charging electric company cars at home.

The system simplifies the charging and payments management for fleets with electric vehicles, reimbursing drivers for the cost of charging for business travel without them having to submit expense claims. Fleets get one monthly invoice with a full breakdown of usage.

Head of fleet Claire English said: “We’re going to trial setting up these fleets through Mina. A key point for us is that it works with all energy providers.

“It’s about reducing the complexity. We’ll take the learnings from the trial which will enable us to talk about it more competently with our other customers."

Last month, Audi announced the expansion its e-tron charging network to provide access to more than 17,500 points in the UK. Audi drivers can access the network using a single card or the myAudi app.

English started her role in July this year moving from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, where she was head of fleet.

On her priorities over the next 12 months, English said: “It’s about maintaining the momentum and optimising the opportunities that come from our new product range. We’ve had a fantastic year and we’ve got a strong, experienced team who are excited about sharing the products with their customers.

“We want to form partnerships like the one with Mina as part of our efforts to develop the customer journey for corporate drivers.”

Audi also has the EV&me app, which helps drivers to understand the benefits of opting for an electric (EV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicle.

An auto-tracking feature, which uses real-time data, can calculate the possible savings by switching to a BEV or PHEV for an individual driver. Users can also compare performance data, charging times, and running costs between models.

For those who make the switch, the manufacturer offers a WhatsApp group which drivers can use to ask any electric vehicle-related questions they may have.

Audi has previously revealed that all of its new cars will be electric from 2026.

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