The rise in electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the last 12 months has been significant. In 2014 the UK market saw a growth of over 200 per cent in terms of vehicle sales and 2015 is on track to exceed this figure. Furthermore, on the 22nd of July, London Mayor Boris Johnson announced an ambitious electric vehicle strategy for London, which set out a wide range of actions to support the uptake of electric and ultra-low emission vehicles.
Although electric vehicles bring a host of benefits, from a £5,000 Government grant to congestion charge exemption, practicalities in charging have acted as a barrier for many. Schneider Electrics partnership with Hitachi Capital aims to overcome these issues through a number of initiatives ranging from setting standards of electrical vehicle charging services that guarantee a high end customer experience and service, to full management of the end-to-end customer journey using Schneider Electric management process tools. Schneider Electric will also be able to provide charging solutions to corporate customers of Hitachi Capital at their workplaces and depot networks
Tim Bowden, head of operations at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions added; ‘At Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, we pride ourselves in providing a quality, partnered, efficient process and service for our customers. Schneider Electric share the same ethics as Hitachi Capital and was a natural choice. Hitachi Capital’s appetite for new technology keeps us and our customers at the forefront of innovation and this partnership will further enhance our technological skills.’
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