Alphabet announces electric vehicle charging partnership with NewMotion
02 July 2020
Author: Simon Harris
Alphabet has announced a new partnership with NewMotion to provide charge points for its drivers and customers both at home and in the workplace.
The NewMotion deal includes the whole process from consulting and installation to operation of the charge points, back-office management and 24/7 support. All of Alphabet's 168,000 customers, plus new customers, can experience a complete smart charging package for efficient and carefree charging.
The new smart home chargers will be available to all Alphabet customers at an introductory price of £359 (based on standard installation and including the OLEV grant), for the first 90 days - this includes those who already own a plug-in vehicle or are seeking to order one. NewMotion is also able to provide products and advice for employers interested in installing charge points at their place of work.
With NewMotion as a partner, Alphabet customers will have access to more than 2,500 public charge points across the UK, including 800-plus rapid charge points, accessed through the NewMotion charge card and app.
The electric vehicle (EV) charging app allows drivers to receive real time insight on charge tariffs, charge speeds and availability of public charge points, as well as information on the estimated range increase or time to get to a target charge level.
The EV charge cards provide fleet managers with one invoice for all power consumption and real time management of the charging sessions, making billing and automatic reimbursement for employees quick and easy.
Alan McCleave, UK general manager, NewMotion said: "I'm very proud of our partnership with Alphabet. NewMotion offers a complete package of hardware, software services and support solutions which can be tailored to fit every customers' needs.
"It will give customers of Alphabet the ease of use and insight into charging costs of their fleet and employees. Our partnership will make EV charging easier and more accessible for lease drivers all throughout the UK."
Simon Carr, chief commercial officer, Alphabet said: "We're committed to supporting the UK's 'Net Zero' strategy and have been leading the way in leasing electric vehicles for many years now, so our shared passion for eMobility makes NewMotion a great fit for the Alphabet brand.
"NewMotion brings with it more than a decade of experience in home and workplace charging and coupled with our AlphaElectric expertise, businesses really are in the best hands when choosing Alphabet to electrify their fleet."
Earlier this year, the UK Government reduced Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grants for home charging installation, but the demand for electric vehicles continues to grow, which will be further encouraged by the newly introduced Benefit-in-Kind tax rates.
As of March 2020, Alphabet has seen a triple digit increase in orders for plug-in vehicles over the last twelve months. This new partnership, alongside its AlphaElectric service, shows Alphabet's continued commitment to supporting and helping drivers in every step of their journey to electric.