As orginally reported on our sister publication Motor Transport, Bridgestone and Webfleet have launched the EV Services Platform which connects fleets with a network of service providers to help them optimise their electric vehicle (EV) operations.


Source: Motor Transport

The joint venture is aiming to accelerate fleet electrification by launching what it claims is the world’s first ev Services Platform, which brings together energy and mobility service providers.

Operators using the service will be able to seamlessly access energy management, battery analytics, fleet management and EV Charging, routing and planning solutions all from one platform.

At the same time the service also enables providers from the mobility and energy industries to collaborate and connect, so that they can deliver data-based services to fleets better, faster and cheaper.

Fleet customers using the service will be able to seamlessly share data between any of the connected EV service providers to streamline electric fleet operations. Users will always stay in full control of their own data, deciding which data will be shared, when and how, the joint venture has pledged.

The EV Services Platform for fleets, launched at CES® 2024 in Las Vegas, organises its services into six key pillars, to help customers choose the ideal combination for their specific EV goals:

The six pillars include charging hardware and software; smart charging; cost reduction on energy tariffs; energy management guidance; battery analytics; planning; and fleet management.

Taco Olthoff, Bridgestone Mobility Solutions EV programme director, said: ”As businesses across the world step up to cut carbon emissions, electrification is top of mind for many fleets.

“But the route to electrification comes with challenges – high investments, maintaining a reliable operation and optimising your business to increase range and cut costs. These issues can only be solved when the energy and mobility industry collaborate. For EV service providers the goal is to integrate in a scalable way to properly address the challenges fleet customers face.

“Seamless data exchange is the missing link – the thing that unlocks the full value that energy and mobility service providers can deliver by integrating their systems much closer than ever before.

“This is why our EV Services Platform is such a game changer. A fleet manager can, for example, get range information to allocate the most suitable vehicle to get a specific job done. This trip information can then be shared with their charging management provider to select which vehicle should be charged and when based on the required battery level and trip schedule.”