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B–ON Partners With EO Charging to Power Fleet Electrification Offering for European Customers

A new partnership with EO Charging, announced this week, is a significant advancement for B–ON. By integrating EO’s robust charging infrastructure into their Electrification-as-a-Service offering, B–ON can provide their customers with enhanced access to convenient, efficient charging solutions across Europe. This alliance not only strengthens B–ON’s commitment to fostering sustainable transportation but also empowers their clients running eLCVs with a more accessible and expansive charging network. Thus, it represents a shared vision of both companies to accelerate the transition to electric mobility.

As part of the agreement, EO’s charging hardware, installation, and support services will be available alongside electric vans directly through B–ON. This will allow EO to integrate with B–ON’s existing EV fleet, energy, and charge management software, providing real-time data to customers on both their vehicles and their energy access through a single system. EO’s clients will also have preferred access to B–ON’s eLCVs and accompanying data suite, formed from over eight years of real-world experience on the road.

In a bid to maximize uptime for its fleet clients, this partnership allows B–ON to provide European customers with EO’s bespoke, certified fleet charging solutions tailored to their unique needs. Managed by B–ON as part of a holistic ecosystem package, it provides customers with everything necessary to electrify their fleets, thus maximizing the potential of their B–ON eLCVs.

Starting with an initial consultation to analyze each customer’s operations (fleet size, number of available depots, route profile, energy consumed, and more), B–ON will design, deploy, operate, and maintain a custom charging solution to sustain customers’ fleets at maximum uptime and profitability. The all-inclusive system delivers construction, power grid access, charger installation and maintenance, and connected software through one integrated point of contact.

B–ON, a global organization with headquarters in Luxembourg, came into existence in January 2022 with the acquisition of eLCV-maker StreetScooter from Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL). Since 2014, DPDHL manufactured and deployed over 22,500 vehicles to deliver German post, making it one of the world’s longest-running and largest fully electric commercial fleets. In May 2022, B–ON announced a complementary suite of services (such as charging, telematics, maintenance and repair, and financing) to make electrification as simple and economical as possible for fleet owners. Instead of vertically integrating owned services for this offering, B–ON has chosen to partner with existing leaders and innovators like EO to power different parts of the wider ecosystem.

Founded in 2014, EO is a UK-based technology company that designs and manufactures smart charging solutions for EV fleets. Its end-to-end solutions offer customers everything they need to transition to electric at scale and pace, from AC and DC hardware and cloud-based management software to depot installations, grid connections, 24/7/365 operations and maintenance, and a new multi-source financing platform. EO recently announced that it secured approximately US $80 million in equity investment to accelerate its growth plans and global expansion strategy in Europe and North America.

“Empowering business owners and fleet operators to meaningfully go electric is a core part of our purpose at B–ON,” said Stefan Krause, Chairman and CEO of B–ON. “EO Charging’s vision of creating a simplified, one-stop fleet solution for charging, energy management, and even financing made them a natural partner for us to overcome customer barriers and accelerate the shift to electric fleets all over Europe.”

“We’re constantly looking for ways to simplify the electrification process for our customers, so it only made sense to partner with a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles,” said Charlie Jardine, CEO of EO. “Working with B–ON, we’re able to give our fleet customers access to a proven, purpose-built vehicle alongside our turnkey services, making it easier than ever for businesses to drive forward their electrification plans across Europe.”

The partnership will officially be available as a shared service to customers starting mid-April, with a launch event to take place at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, UK, from April 18-20 2023.