JustPark has teamed up with Octopus Energy to launch the UK’s first fleet-focused community charging solution for electric vehicles.
FleetCharge is the new charging solution that both JustPark and Octopus Energy hope will help businesses overcome charging inequality, enabling them to accelerate their transition to electric vehicles.
Working with fleet operators, JustPark will find conventient off-street charging locations for their drivers unable to have an electric vehicle charger installed at home. Chargers will be located at one of JustPark’s 50,000 parking locations or at a new site within a five minute walk of a given driver’s home.
FleetCharge will aim to give drivers guaranteed access to their dedicated chargers, effectively creating private chargers and a private network for each fleet operating customer. Chargers will be located at a mix of domestic, business and parking facilities, and always available for the designated user.
Octopus Energy Services, the engineering arm of Octopus Energy Group, will install and manage FleetCharge’s charging units – allowing the fleet to access their company’s entire private charging network through the JustPark app.
Drivers will have access to 100% renewable electricity from Octopus Energy and Octopus Energy’s EV roaming service, the Electric Juice Network, creating a sustainable fleet proposition for businesses looking to minimise their carbon footprint.
Mike Strahlman, director of EV at JustPark, said: “Our discussions with fleet customers tell us that there is a real appetite to electrify in the sector, but charging accessibility at home is preventing many operators from scaling up at speed. FleetCharge is a simple and effective way to bring convenient, local charging to fleet drivers, putting an end to the charging inequality that is holding the industry back.”
John Szymik, CEO of Octopus Energy Services, added: “Transport is responsible for a third of all UK carbon emissions, and electrifying fleets will play a key role in the race to net zero. Many fleets are struggling to electrify because of charging infrastructure and lots of drivers take vehicles home after work and those who live in a flat, terraced house or rented accommodation require access to a charge point. By giving fleet drivers reliable access to EV chargers close to their homes, we help businesses drive their decarbonisation efforts at scale.”