Merchants Fleet, a fleet management company, has launched its AdoptEV service, an electric vehicle adoption tool designed to educate and transition clients through the EV (Electric Vehicle) and EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) & purchase process — from concept to execution.
Merchants Fleet has been in the business of fleet management and leasing solutions for over 50 years, connecting large businesses, mid-sized companies, governments, cities & municipalities, and educational institutions with resources they need for their fleets. The company serves as an ecosystem manager for fleet clients by developing strong relationships with OEMs such as Ford, GM, BrightDrop, XOS and others, to provide access to a broad selection of electric vehicles that meet the needs of each individual client.
As the introduction of EVs signifies major changes for the commercial fleet industry, fleet executives and managers struggle to execute the introduction of these vehicles in their fleets. To ensure Merchants Fleet clients can take advantage of the benefits electric vehicles have to offer, the AdoptEV program includes:
Fleet Data Review
Comprehensive review of the organisation’s fleet needs, from fuel, telematics, vehicle weight class, daily trips, upfitting, vehicle age, mileage data, and more.
Suitable EVs are recommended to replace internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles based on vehicle type, upfit, class and range requirements of current ICE vehicles and their function.
Charging & Energy
Vehicle chargers by type and quantity are recommended by location to satisfy charging needs.
Sustainability & Economic Savings
Compare the total cost of ownership of ICE vehicles to recommended EVs. Provide a mechanism to track and report against sustainability metrics.
A multi-year, custom EV adoption plan best suited to meet the goals and needs of the organisation, down to the individual location.
As an expansion of the company’s ecosystem of solutions, Merchants Fleet has joined the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance (CEVA) – an initiative led by the sustainability non-profit Ceres. CEVA is designed to drive change in the transportation sector by promoting the expansion and acceleration of electric vehicle production, as well as the adoption of supportive policies and industry best practices. As part of the membership, Merchants will collaborate with key stakeholders in CEVA to enable the transition of fleet clients into zero emission electric vehicles, to ensure they meet their organisation’s sustainability goals. Joining CEVA gives Merchants the opportunity to work with other like-minded organizations who are interested in accelerating the electrification movement forward.
Brendan P. Keegan, CEO of Merchants Fleet, says, “As a nationwide fleet provider, Merchants plays a crucial role in accelerating the transition to EVs for our clients. A few months back, we announced our plans to take the fleet industry to the next level. The latest updates to our client services — the development of AdoptEV and our membership with the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance (CEVA) – reaffirm our commitment to innovative solutions that’ll help propel our nation into an emission-free future.”
Sara Forni, Senior Manager of clean vehicles, Ceres, and head of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, said, “Fleet management companies will play an essential role in moving the automotive and trucking industries to a net-zero future, and Merchants Fleet will help fuel our efforts as we work toward a rapid, cost-effective, and successful transformation of the US transportation sector. We are ready to help Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance members set and achieve their sustainability goals, and look forward to driving change, together.”