ATLANTE, April 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southern Company today announced a milestone in electric transportation solutions for companies looking to transition their commercial fleets to electric vehicles (EVs). Having previously worked with Volta Inc. on optimizing electric vehicle location analytics, Southern and Volta today announce PredictEV® Fleet – a product that will enable Southern Company to inform and advise customers on the right fleet electrification strategy to meet their needs in the most efficient and thorough way. way.
PredictEV® Fleet analyzes data on existing vehicle fleets and premises to identify key planning elements such as:
- A range of electric vehicles recommended to replace internal combustion engine vehicles with similar specifications;
- EV Optimal Power Equipment (“EVSE”) to meet fleet charging needs;
- Estimated costs and savings with a calculation of the total cost of ownership;
- Integration of applicable discounts and incentives, such as federal, state, and utility programs;
- Implication of mitigating carbon emissions by switching to electric vehicles
“Nearly one in five vehicles in the United States is owned by a company, making fleet electrification a significant business opportunity and a critical part of a carbon-free transportation future for all,” said Drew Bennett, Executive Vice President of Network Operations at Volta. “Our fleet product enables data-driven electrification planning for fleet operators and the utilities that serve them to ensure strategies are future-proof and effective.”
Southern Company plans to use the product to guide its plans to meet growing EV demand and create new EV product offerings for its customers.
“We talk to customers every day about future needs for electric transport and the ‘why’ is usually clear – customers see electric transport as a way to reduce costs and meet their sustainability goals. But there still has some uncertainty around the ‘how, what, and when.’ We see PredictEV Fleet and our partnership with Volta as a tool for our customers to begin to answer these questions.” mentioned Chris Cummiskey, director of business and customer solutions at Southern Company. “This is one of many investments in innovation we are making to bring sustainability solutions to our customers – and our own businesses.”
In 2020, Southern Company announced an internal fleet electrification goal to convert 50% of its businesses’ light vehicles and equipment to electric by 2030. Southern Company is a founding partner of the capital company -venture Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and works with EIP portfolio companies to bring technology innovation and business model, like PredictEV Fleet, to life for the benefit of our customers, communities and family of companies.
About the Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through three-state electric utility companies, four-state natural gas distribution companies, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure, fiber optic and telecommunications network company. services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we’ve been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technologies. Through a cutting-edge commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are developing the custom energy solutions our customers and communities need to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure that we place the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business for the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been nationally recognized by the US Department of Defense, GI Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women’s Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.
Volta Inc. (NYSE: VLTA) is an industry-leading global electric vehicle (“EV”) charging network that powers vehicles and commerce. Volta’s vision is to build electric vehicle charging networks that capitalize and catalyze the shift from combustion to electric miles by placing stations where consumers live, work, shop and play. By leveraging a data-driven understanding of driver behavior to deliver electric vehicle charging solutions that seamlessly integrate into people’s daily routines, Volta’s goal is to benefit consumers, brands and real estate sites while helping to build the infrastructure of the future. As part of Volta’s unique electric vehicle charging offering, its stations allow it to strengthen the core business interests of its site hosts and strategic partners, creating a new way for them to benefit from the transformative shift to electric mobility. To learn more, visit www.voltacharge.com.
SOURCE Southern Company