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AI-based technology helps eliminate range anxiety for EV fleet

Essex-based health and care organisation Provide is deploying an artificial intelligence-based journey prediction solution across its expanding Nissan Leaf EV fleet to eliminate range anxiety and enable greater fleet utilisation.

Spark EV

The service operates using an OBD2 plug that monitors live driver, vehicle and other data sources

The newly launched Spark EV technology works by collecting live driver, vehicle and other data sources, such as the weather and congestion, via an in-car sensor and then using its cloud-based machine learning algorithms to provide more accurate journey predictions for electric vehicles. According to the makers, it can ensure up to 20% more journeys are completed between charges.

The solution is being deployed by staff-owned community interest company Provide, which has a large number of mobile staff who visit patients in their own homes, community clinics and community hospitals. As part of its EV rollout Provide is installing charge points at five of its sites and is planning to expand its fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs.

Philip Richards, executive finance director and company secretary, Provide, said: “By quickly providing us with more accurate journey predictions Spark EV removes range anxiety and is therefore accelerating our EV adoption.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.