Elmtronics and Teesside University have been granted funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with Innovate UK, through the Infrastructure Solutions for Zero-Emission vehicles competition.
They join over 60 winners who will be developing products and services to support the electric vehicle transport revolution.
The successful project: Hubsta Fleet: planning the electric journey aims to build on Elmtronics’ existing software solution, Hubsta, to significantly support fleet transition to electric vehicles.
Hubsta is a back-office software system which allows charge point owners the ability to manage their estate, monitor charge point usage and generate revenue from their charge points.
The funding will support Elmtronics to develop a new module that will integrate route optimisation to provide a new web-based tool to help fleet operators plan and optimise journeys.
The new software solution also aims to provide valuable data on CO2 and cost savings to support the increased uptake of EVs within a fleet situation.
Anthony Piggott, Chief Technology Officer, Elmtronics, said: “The funding from OZEV will allow us to further develop our back-office network, Hubsta, bringing significant new benefits to our fleet customers.
“As more fleets begin their journey to electric, it is critical that they have the tools to enable them to use their vehicles to their full potential and calculate the benefits of introducing EVs to their fleet. Hubsta Fleet will combine route planning with charge point infrastructure providing much-needed added functionality that fleet managers require.”
Elmtronics will be working with artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists at Teesside University to investigate enhanced features that can be used by drivers en route to help extend their range.
The project’s total amount is £380,252 with £259,000 funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.
The £20 million Transitioning towards Zero Emission Vehicles programme aims to power up the electric vehicle transport revolution by supporting promising electric vehicle technology innovations.