Development of electric vehicle infrastructure goes hand in hand with the adoption of EVs as daily drivers.
Which is why Connecticut-based JuiceBar, which produces EV charging stations, formed a new strategic partnership with UFODRIVE, a European all-digital, all-electric car rental company, looking to grow in the U.S.
As EV use by fleet operators, in this case, a rental car company, as well as individual consumers grows, the need for a system that manages power flow, keeps costs down and allows for sustainable growth becomes more and more important.
To that end, UFODRIVE and JuiceBar developed a seamless system to charge and manage EV fleets. In short, JuiceBar charges ‘em and UFODRIVE makes sure people can use ‘em.
Charging system manufacturer, service provider team up
UFODRIVE has locations in cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Paris, among others. It provides an end-to-end eMobility platform allowing mobility providers, i.e. rental car companies, to go contactless and electric. The company’s grown from a single point to having operations in eight countries with 18 locations in less than two years.
Vehicles can be booked using a smart phone app, and since they’re are EVs, customers don’t have to worry about refueling. UFODRIVE offers a complete end-to-end electric mobility system that provides an easy transition to EVs for fleet owner operators.
This system offers the benefit of reduced electricity costs as well as lower insurance costs, and the ability to achieve sustainability goals. It uses JuiceBar’s Gen 3 chargers. These were chosen because they have the ability to meet the needs of fleet owners.
And JuiceBar boasts a unique open protocol smart network that can provide real-time connectivity to UFODRIVE’s eMobility platform.
JuiceBar’s Gen 3 series chargers come with 32-, 40-, 48- and 80-amp power levels. This is important because they eliminate installation and maintenance worries for fleets and are better quality charging stations and offer a more reliable and flexible infrastructure for fleets. Additionally, the company claims they’re 60% faster than the competition.
“Through UFODRIVE’s sophisticated software and machine learning, fleet operators will have better control over costs, sustainability tracking, and driver behavior with advanced analytics with JuiceBar chargers,” said Paul Vosper, president and CEO of JuiceBar. “We are thrilled to partner with UFODRIVE, the leading all electric company to offer this transformational solution for fleets in the U.S.”
Unsuprisingly, their partners were equally effusive in their praise.
“Our decision to work with JuiceBar grew out of a recognition that fleet operators need to get ahead of the curve and provide all EV solutions,” said Aidan McClean, CEO UFODRIVE. “Working with JuiceBar, an industry recognized EV charging specialist, we can offer U.S. based fleets customized software that will reduce electricity costs and provide real time dynamic charging.”
Currently JuiceBar chargers are deployed across more than 100 cities in the United States and Canada. They are manufactured and assembled in the U.S., Vosper said. The company’s recently launched Gen 3 chargers, in addition to being 60% faster than standard Level 2 chargers, offer unique safety features, and provide choice of communication networks.
Partnership makes sense
Dan Zotos, communications director for the Zero Emissions Transportation Association — a lobbying group consisting of battery makers, power companies and EV manufacturers — said infrastructure development is the key to EV adoption.
“I can’t speak to the specifics of the JuiceBar/UFODRIVE partnership,” Zotos said. “But it makes sense that a maker of EV chargers and a company that rents EVs would get together.”
It’s just not the public who have range anxiety. Fleet operators do as well. And by building an EV charging infrastructure that can take care of those anxieties, it becomes easier to sell the idea of renting EVs and operating EV fleets.
“EV range matters,” Zotos said. “We are now seeing EVs with greater range than ICE cars get on a single tank of gas. So people looking to rent EVs or operate an EV fleet, knowing there is a place for them to charge is of great value.”