When Centrica Business began the process of electrifying its fleet of 14,000 vehicles – the third largest commercial fleet in the UK – the distributed energy and power company faced a number of challenges. At the same time, the company also planned to launch Centrica Electric Vehicle Services (CEVS) to help other businesses tackle the challenges of transitioning to the EV future. Centrica Business knew that it needed a scalable, intelligent and easy-to-use EV charging software to manage both of these tasks, which is why it chose to work with Driivz.
All EV fleets need to be primed and ready to overcome general EV obstacles, such as the availability of chargers, cost of charging, ability to prioritize which cars are charged first and whether drivers can charge at home. By integrating the Driivz platform into CEVS, drivers of Centrica Business’ own fleet and those of its customers gain access to a self-service portal which addresses and answers all of their EV charging needs. They can manage their own accounts, set up payment plans and identify, reserve and be directed to the next available Centrica charge point.
More specifically for Centrica Business, their charging solution needs to address the requirements of both back-to-home – drivers charging at home – and back-to-depot fleets. Drivers in back-to-home fleets need their charging costs to be reimbursed in their salaries, while back-to-depot fleets need to ensure that all EVs have a place to charge, that there will always be enough energy to charge the entire fleet and that charging takes place at the most economic time of the day.