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Michelin Connected Fleet partners with Scottish Water for EV transition

08 February 2024 #CV Sector

Michelin Connected Fleet has signed a four-year partnership with Scottish Water to help boost the performance of the utility’s 2,000-strong mixed fleet and accelerate the firm’s move to EVs and zero emission alternatives.

The plan for the water and wastewater service, which has more than five million customers across rural, island and urban communities, will be delivered over the next six years including 1,300 vans, 200-plus trucks and trailers, and 500 specialist pieces of plant.

Michelin Connected Fleet’s management solutions will primarily be used to guide decisions about switching to EVs by drawing on data analysis of battery charging and range performance, with the tools also being utilised to improve driver behaviour.

The new long-term partnership follows a two-year trial involving both businesses that led to more than 100 internal combustion engine-powered, small- and medium-size vans being replaced with EVs.

Elaine Pringle, Fleet Manager at Scottish Water, said: “We see huge benefits from partnering with Michelin Connected Fleet, both to support driver safety and also help the business to meet our own ambitious target of transitioning to a zero-emission fleet.

“We’re really impressed with the reporting capabilities of the fleet management tools, which will provide invaluable insights to determine how we introduce EVs and where we need to install charging infrastructure.

“Data analysis will also aid vehicle utilisation, whilst helping cut costs by enhancing route optimisation and scheduling and reducing CO2 emissions across our fleet.”

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