Volkswagen launches electrification as a service for electric car fleets

The financial branch of the German group, Volkswagen Financial Services (VWFS) has launched ‘Electrification-as-a-Service’ (EaaS) in Europe, a modular program to support the decarbonization of large company fleets. Customers benefit from five modules in which Volkswagen has divided the service to implement it tailored to your specific needs.

Many companies manage their vehicle fleets on their own, taking care of everything from vehicle acquisition, through route scheduling and management to refuelling. However, when it comes to electric vehicle fleets An electrification company can help operators manage the more complicated aspects of this transition, including installing, financing, monitoring, maintaining, and optimizing their charging infrastructure.

VWFS is already working with a group of selected providers to offer different mobility services throughout Europe. Volkswagen has made a modular offer of coordinated services that range from the analysis of the fleet and the selection of vehicles to the study of financing needs and customized leasing of the charging infrastructure.

Fleet operators can choose all or some of the five modules in which Volkswagen divides its service: Acquisition of vehicles (rental system, renting, leasing), strategy of fleet, operations fleet (including charging provider, charging infrastructure and staff training), technology (load management, renewable energies and electricity storage) and digitization.

The partners offering each of the modules are those that the Volkswagen Group has been developing for a long time. Two examples of them are Elli, which offers mobility services and energy from renewable sources or MHP Management Porsche Consulting for IT services (information technology). For its part, Volkswagen Financial Services and Volkswagen Group Fleet International take care of everything related to the acquisition of the vehicles and the full service lease.

“For many of our customers, converting their fleet to electric vehicles is a complex task,” says Sven Kunath, Senior Vice President Fleet at Volkswagen Financial Services. “With EaaS, we are not only supporting fleet managers to achieve their sustainability goals, but we are also supporting the Volkswagen Group brands to grow their electric mobility market,” he added.

Currently, the offer is present for German customers, although Volkswagen intends to successively extend it to other markets such as France, Italy, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

The ‘electrification as a service’ model of some fleet electrification providers allows companies to outsource electric vehicle processes which can divert resources and attention from the rest of your business. This project delivery method is already popular for public-private partnerships, making it a good candidate for fleet electrification models. Ultimately, that support makes life easier for fleet operators looking to electrify their fleets and sets them up for long-term success.

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