Technology companies ABB and Amazon Web Services have formed a collaboration aimed at accelerating the use of electric vehicles.
The two companies will co-develop a cloud-based solution to enable real-time management of EV fleets. ABB and Amazon Web Services said the solution will optimise the efficient use of EVs and speed up the electrification of transport fleets. The project will also help operators worldwide maintain 100% business continuity as they transition to fully electric.
The need to accelerate the transition to EVs comes at a time when almost 23% of global, energy-related greenhouse gas emissions come from the transport sector. Today, only 400,000 electric delivery vans and trucks are on the roads globally.
Two key factors identified as main barriers to EVs transition by fleet operators include the unavailability of charging stations and lack of experience in fleet management.
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To drive progress in EV fleets, ABB has created a pureplay venture in Berlin that will develop tailored, scalable and cost-effective technologies for fleet operators that can be used by all vehicle OEMs. Working with AWS, this new venture will design the interoperable fleet management solution to work with all vehicle types and charging infrastructure.
Using machine learning and analytics, it will include a compelling set of features including charge planning and real-time monitoring with insight and actions for vehicle health and servicing, along with EV route optimization based on time of day, weather and use patterns.
ABB is bringing its experience in e-mobility, EV charging and energy management to the table, whilst Amazon Web Services is bringing its portfolio of cloud technologies and software expertise.
The new solution to be developed by the two companies is expected to be deployed in the second half of 2021.
Frank Muehlon, president of ABB’s eMobility Division, comments: “ABB and AWS share a similar vision around the potential of eMobility to transform society. Our combined expertise supports the common goal of making EV fleet management simpler and more accessible. This new solution will revolutionise the world of electric mobility, integrating EV hardware and software into one ecosystem to provide a seamless user experience. We are confident that by working together we can propel the use of electric fleet vehicles by giving operators the confidence to make the switch.”