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Strategic partnership to strengthen ALD's end-to-end electrification offer for UK fleets
LONDON, March 03, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EO Charging ("EO"), a leading provider of charging solutions for electric vehicle ("EV") fleets in the UK, has been appointed by ALD Automotive, a global leasing and fleet management company, to provide charging infrastructure and installation for its return-to-home fleet customers.
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The strategic partnership will strengthen ALD’s end-to-end electrification offer for fleets – ALD Electric – by incorporating EO’s home charging solution and giving its customers’ drivers easy access to smart charging, at home.
According to PWC, around six million vehicles on the roads in the UK today are part of a vehicle fleet operated by organisations across the public and private sectors1. For the UK to reach its goal of being Net Zero by 2050, it is vital that these organisations begin the complex task of fleet decarbonisation. Fleet managers are required to make critical financial and operational decisions as part of the process, such as where to install the necessary charging infrastructure (i.e., at the vehicle depot (return-to-depot) or at the drivers’ homes (return-to-home)).
"Fleet decarbonisation is an incredibly complex task and fleet managers are looking for partners that can simplify the decision-making process by offering a holistic charging solution," said Charlie Jardine, CEO and Founder of EO. "By working with EO, ALD fleet customers now have access to a smart home charging offering that makes managing a diverse fleet simple. We are delighted to partner with a global mobility leader like ALD, a further demonstration of our ambition to become the global leader in EV charging solutions for fleet."
"EO’s return-to-home charging solutions provide our customers with competitive, reliable and smart, charging solutions," said Mark Evans, Head of Consultancy at ALD Automotive. "As our customers continue on the journey of decarbonising their fleet and corporate mobility solutions, charging forms a key part of our ALD Electric proposition which can be incorporated into their regular monthly rentals."
When financing an EV through ALD Automotive, companies can now opt to fund EO’s smart home charging solution – the EO Mini Pro 2 charge point – as part of the lease. The Mini Pro 2 is one of the world’s smallest smart EV chargers, with a dedicated app that allows drivers to schedule and monitor charging sessions directly from their smartphones. This can also help drivers keep re-fuelling costs down by choosing to charge during off-peak times when demand on the electricity grid is lower.
Founded in 2014, EO has experience delivering EV fleet charging solutions at scale for car, van, truck and bus fleets like Amazon, DHL, Uber and Tesco. In 2021, EO was ranked number 27 on the FT’s list of Europe’s fastest growing companies, the highest-ranked business in the EV sector.
Note to Editors
EO Charging (EO) is a leading technology solutions provider in the EV sector. EO deploys EV charging stations, hardware-agnostic cloud-based software, electrical installation, grid upgrades and ongoing service and maintenance for fleets. EO also provides this end-to-end solution for fleets that require mission critical infrastructure.
Founded in 2014, EO’s technology is used by a number of the world’s largest businesses and fleet operators and it now distributes to over 35 countries around the world. It aims to become the global leader in charging electric van, truck, bus and car fleets.
EO previously announced an agreement for a business combination with First Reserve Sustainable Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FRSG), which is expected to result in EO becoming a public company listed on the NASDAQ exchange.
About ALD Automotive
ALD Automotive is the operational leasing and fleet management business line of Société Générale Group. A leader in its industry, ALD Automotive places sustainable mobility at the heart of its strategy, delivering innovative mobility solutions and technology-enabled services to its clients, helping them focus on their everyday business.
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In connection with the proposed business combination, a registration statement on Form F-4 that includes a preliminary proxy statement/prospectus has been filed by EO with the SEC. After the registration statement is declared effective, the definitive proxy statement will be distributed to FRSG’s stockholders in connection with FRSG’s solicitation for proxies for the vote by FRSG’s stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination and other matters as described in the Form F-4, as well as a definitive prospectus of EO relating to the offer of the securities to be issued in connection with the completion of the business combination. Copies of the Form F-4 may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. FRSG’s stockholders are urged to read the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and the other relevant materials (including, when available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus) when they become available before making any voting decision with respect to the proposed business combination because they will contain important information about the business combination and the parties to the business combination. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, the websites referenced in this press release is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release.
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