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Arval EV charging sites to provide test ground for customers

Arval is continuing its work to help employees and customers make the switch to electric with plans to install charging points across its UK premises, including a major site in Swindon.

Arval’s new charging development is also intended to act as a test ground and working example for customers

Opening next month, the site at its Windmill Hill Business Park headquarters in Swindon will make 43 charging points available to Arval employees in partnership with NewMotion along with an additional seven for other businesses using the same building. The vehicle leasing and fleet management specialist is also planning to install new charging points at its other UK premises in Manchester and Birmingham.

According to Miguel Cabaça, managing director at Arval UK, the new charging development will act as a test ground and working example for customers who are thinking of shifting to electric vehicles for their company cars and vans.

“We are delighted to be working with NewMotion on such a major installation. Every day we see a growing interest in electric vehicles from a broad cross section of our customers. By leading the way in adoption and creating the necessary infrastructure, we hope to provide a real-world illustration of the practicalities behind the energy transition.”

The new charging sites underpin Arval’s existing work to help customers with re-evaluating their powertrain choices. Already this year, the firm has launched a new Driver Powertrain Compatibility tool that allows fleets to match drivers to the best powertrain type for their needs. It’s also announced that it will soon introduce an electric charging element to its fuel card offering, bringing quite a different proposition to petrol and diesel fuel management.

Arval’s new charging points will also help the growing numbers of its own employees who are turning to EVs.

Ailsa Firth, human resources director, commented: “As a business, we are committed to supporting the ongoing energy transition toward electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and this means giving drivers convenient access to charging points.

“In our own company car fleet, we already have around 100 plug-in vehicle drivers and we expect this number to grow over the coming months and years as availability, choice and experience grows.”

“There is already research, notably from the International Council on Clean Transportation, suggesting EVs cost less to operate than petrol and diesel cars. With this project, we hope to prove the cost and practicality arguments for ourselves.”

All Arval employees who register will be provided with a validated charge fob. This will enable charging sessions at the NewMotion charge points at the Arval office. They will be able to charge at work for free for the first six months from when charge points go live. In addition, they will be able to use over 100,000 publicly available NewMotion charging locations throughout Europe, accessible with the same charge fob.

NewMotion will also hold roadshows at Arval’s UK head office to introduce employees to the charging sites, the surrounding framework and to show them how they work.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.