Strategic partnership to strengthen ALD’s end-to-end electrification offer for UK fleets
LONDON – EO Charging, a leading provider of charging solutions for electric vehicle (“EV”) fleets in the UK, has been appointed by ALD Automotive, a global leasing and fleet management company, to provide charging infrastructure and installation for its return-to-home fleet customers.
The strategic partnership will strengthen ALD’s end-to-end electrification offer for fleets – ALD Electric – by incorporating EO’s home charging solution and giving its customers’ drivers easy access to smart charging, at home.
According to PWC, around six million vehicles on the roads in the UK today are part of a vehicle fleet operated by organizations across the public and private sectors1. For the UK to reach its goal of being Net Zero by 2050, it is vital that these organizations begin the complex task of fleet decarbonization. Fleet managers are required to make critical financial and operational decisions as part of the process, such as where to install the necessary charging infrastructure (i.e., at the vehicle depot (return-to-depot) or at the drivers’ homes (return-to-home)).
“Fleet decarbonization is an incredibly complex task and fleet managers are looking for partners that can simplify the decision-making process by offering a holistic charging solution,” said Charlie Jardine, CEO and Founder of EO. “By working with EO, ALD fleet customers now have access to a smart home charging offering that makes managing a diverse fleet simple. We are delighted to partner with a global mobility leader like ALD, a further demonstration of our ambition to become the global leader in EV charging solutions for fleet.”
“EO’s return-to-home charging solutions provide our customers with competitive, reliable and smart, charging solutions,” said Mark Evans, Head of Consultancy at ALD Automotive. “As our customers continue on the journey of decarbonizing their fleet and corporate mobility solutions, charging forms a key part of our ALD Electric proposition which can be incorporated into their regular monthly rentals.”
When financing an EV through ALD Automotive, companies can now opt to fund EO’s smart home charging solution – the EO Mini Pro 2 charge point – as part of the lease. The Mini Pro 2 is one of the world’s smallest smart EV chargers, with a dedicated app that allows drivers to schedule and monitor charging sessions directly from their smartphones. This can also help drivers keep re-fuelling costs down by choosing to charge during off-peak times when demand on the electricity grid is lower.
Founded in 2014, EO has experience delivering EV fleet charging solutions at scale for car, van, truck and bus fleets like Amazon, DHL, Uber and Tesco. In 2021, EO was ranked number 27 on the FT’s list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies, the highest-ranked business in the EV sector.