Motability Operations and Cenex have joined forces to support local authorities with plans for EV Infrastructure.
Tech consultancy Cenex and Motability Operations have collaborated for local authorities to access anonymised information on the location of more than 660,000 Motability Scheme customers.
More than 220 UK local authorities are now registered with Cenex’s National EV Insight and Support (NEVIS) Service, and can access information to help with the planning and delivery of their localised EV Infrastructure (EVI).
Data obtained by Motability Operations shows more than 50% of Motability Scheme customers will be relying on public charging when they make the switch to electric. Making this information available will help local authorities plan for the upcoming demand and see where EV uptake is likely to be highest, the firms said.
The initial conversation about the collaboration began at last year’s Transport + Energy Forum, with editorial director Alec Peachey adding: “To hear an important initiative such as this has come about as the result of an initial chat which started at my event makes me feel very proud.”
Jonathan Jenkins, head of innovation at Motability Operations, said: “We purchase our new vehicles straight from the manufacturers and taking the ZEV Mandate into consideration, will mean that our fleet will be fully electric before most cars on the road. As the UK’s largest fleet operator, transitioning to EV will make a significant contribution to net zero and we know the infrastructure needs to be there to support our customers.
“By sharing our anonymous customer data now, we can make sure the information gets into the hands of those who need it, to support decision-making as the deployment of EV Infrastructure accelerates.”
Chris Rimmer, infrastructure strategy lead at Cenex, added: “Having up-to-date detail on the communities where Motability Customers reside is key to develop strategies and deployment plans that deliver EVI where and when it will be needed. We’re delighted to be working with Motability to put this directly into the hands of LAs.”
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