Today, ChargePoint has announced a partnership with U.S. Bank’s Voyager Fleet Card to efficiently serve the growing number of US Bank’s clients with electric vehicles in their fleets. It means that corporate drivers who use the Voyager Card to pay for fueling will be able to charge up at tens of thousands of ChargePoint charging spots in the United States as well (or … instead).
A press release sent to CleanTechnica via email mentions that the U.S. Bank Voyager fleet card adopts a “green” hue as the first fleet card to be accepted at ChargePoint’s U.S. electric vehicle charging spots.
The partnership makes both of the companies firsts in the industry. Hopefully it sets a new standard for the industries that grows quickly to help move people and companies away from dirty oil: “ChargePoint is the first EV charging network to accept corporate fleet cards and Voyager is the first fleet card issuer to be accepted at their charging spots.”
The pure-air collaboration is yet another encouraging move to get people to ditch gasoline in increasingly broad and creative ways — alongside electrifying public buses, delivery trucks, and mail vehicles.
Electric Vehicles International predicts electric car fleets to reach 20 million by 2020 globally. The United States is just a piece of that puzzle, but this partnership could stimulate more EV fleet purchases, more investigation by other fleet managers, and an acceleration in the trend.
“Joining the Voyager Network is a significant enhancement to ChargePoint’s already comprehensive fleet charging solutions that simplify operations for a wide range of government, utility and private fleet operators,” said Michael Jones, vice president, Sales, ChargePoint, Inc. “As the demand for electric transportation increases, ChargePoint continues to innovate across our portfolio, adding features and technologies that make going electric seamless, convenient and cost-effective for fleet operators. Making expense management easy while giving fleet drivers the flexibility to charge at multiple locations on the ChargePoint network is yet another innovation that makes our solution even more compelling to fleet managers.”
The Voyager Network, owned and operated by U.S. Bank, is one of the largest fleet-fueling and maintenance acceptance networks in the United States. “The Voyager Fleet Card is accepted at more than 320,000 fueling, maintenance and service locations and is used by millions of drivers of fleet cars, trucks and heavy-duty commercial rigs.”
Kudos to the U.S. Bank Global Transportation General Manager John Hardin. It does appear that working with ChargePoint is an excellent example of the bank’s commitment to progress toward a sustainable society. Hardin notes, “ChargePoint’s well-established nationwide presence gives our fleets instant access to an alternative power source and reflects the bank’s strategy of pursuing innovative partnerships in renewable energy.”
ChargePoint adds, “ChargePoint offers a broad range of smart networked charging offerings, software solutions and cloud services to help fleet managers effectively manage electric vehicles fleets. In addition to charging solutions, ChargePoint provides a number of tools for a wide range of fleet scenarios, including depot, mixed-use, and on-route.”
ChargePoint has certainly been a pioneer in the industry. As just one example, see: “ChargePoint Now Has 30,000 Charging Stations, Nearly 3x More Than US Starbucks Locations.”
On the broader topic of EV charging across the US and Europe, our new article on charging convenience, reliability, accessibility, & future needs is a must-read analysis. Coming out of CleanTechnica‘s new EV driver report, here are a few of those charts:
Survey results from our new EV report. Responses came from over 2,000 EV drivers across 26 European countries, 49 of 50 US states, and 9 Canadian provinces. Responses were segmented according to region — North America vs Europe — and type of electric car — plug-in hybrid vs Tesla vs non-Tesla fully electric car.
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