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Power company Origin keen to help business fleets switch to EV

Fleets have a big role to play getting EVs on the road, and energy company Origin plans to streamline the process with drive and info days.

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Energy company Origin, understandably keen for businesses to move into electric vehicles, will stage State Government-supported events for fleet managers combining test drives and time with EV subject experts.

The NSW-based events are designed to give business reps “an introduction to electric vehicles and an overview of the things they should consider when looking to transition their fleet”, Origin says.

It notes that the NSW Government offers various incentives to do just that.

Billed as half-day events, they’ll also offer meetings with various carmakers keen to pitch their respective zero-emission options both here and forthcoming, theoretically streamlining the process of fleet management.

Origin launched an ‘end-to-end’ business operation called EV Fleet in March 2021 with vehicle management company Custom Fleet, packaging managed electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and load management.

It wants to have 5000 EVs under management by FY2026.

The push to get businesses to switch, and subsequently bolster the used EV market, also ties in with the NSW Government’s EV Strategy to have the majority of new car sales be EV by 2035, and to be net-zero by 2050.

“Businesses are eager to understand more about EVs, how they work and the benefits of making the switch to both emissions and fleet costs, so these drive days are designed to provide the information they need to take the next step,” said Origin’s General Manager of Strategy and E-Mobility Chau Le.

“We know from experience that transitioning to electric requires a unique range of skills spanning energy, sustainability and fleet management, and that businesses need to ensure EVs work for their organisation operationally, so we are on hand to support the journey.

“The electrification of transport will play an important role in reducing emissions across our economy, and it is something that every organisation with their own vehicle fleet can start to look into today.”

The NSW event dates at present are April 27 and 28; September 13, 14 and 15; and November 9 and 10, to be held at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW.

Energy companies are increasingly exploring how to capitalise on EV growth.

AGL is running a pilot, installing 200 remotely controllable smart chargers in homes to better figure out the ways people charge, and how they’re impacting the grid when they do.

As part of its strategy to green up its act, AGL has been expanding its private- or business-buyer EV subscription service, which now has a presence in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. The company also has a power plan designed for EV owners.

MORE: What electric vehicle buyer incentives are offered around Australia?

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