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EDP Brasil has partnered with fleet outsourcing and car rental leader Unidas to advance towards a 100% electric vehicle rental fleet.

In the first phase, 100 vehicles are being provided for the corporate and private rental segments. EDP is providing the customer solutions including the supply, installation and maintenance of customised charging equipment, a management platform and the offer of the energy supply, including the possibility of PV panels for solar generation.

The initiative is aimed to meet the growing demand of companies and consumers for non-polluting mobility options that, in addition to being environmentally friendly, provide significant savings in fuel and maintenance costs, according to a statement.

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“The adoption of electric fleets brings a series of advantages for customers, who have the possibility of reducing costs while making their contribution to improving air quality in cities and to contain the advance of climate change,” says Carlos Andrade, vice president of strategy and new business at EDP.

“EDP is convinced that this pioneering project will help to strengthen the electric mobility ecosystem in the country and open doors for new business models.”

The initiative is expected to contribute to an increase in the number of EVs in Brazil. Just 239 EVs units were sold in the first half of this year, according to data from the Brazilian Association of Importing Manufacturers of Motor Vehicles (Abeifa).

EDP, which has a global commitment to electrify 100% of its fleet by 2030, has various initiatives under way in Brazil.

In another project with Unidas, 100 electric trams are being introduced into circulation.

In 2019, the company launched what is expected to be one of the region’s largest ultra-fast charging networks. This will include 30 charge points across the state of São Paulo and will connect the centre of São Paulo to Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Curitiba and Florianópolis. With an investment of R$32.9 million (US$4.5 million), 64 charging stations will be connected to form a more than 2,500km long corridor.

Brazil’s energy ministry expects sales of EVs to reach 180,000 units per year by 2030. The availability of the charging infrastructure is key to their uptake.

EDP is one of the largest private companies in the electricity sector in Brazil serving approximately 3.5 million customers in São Paulo and Espírito Santo.