Leading EV charging network ChargePoint announced further expansion in the European fleet market with Picnic, the online-only supermarket active in 200 cities across the Netherlands, Germany and France, rolling out the ChargePoint cloud-based fleet charging solution for Picnic’s electric delivery fleet.
Picnic is a leading online supermarket with the largest electric grocery delivery fleet in Europe, comprising more than 2,300 proprietary electric vehicles. Picnic will use the ChargePoint software platform to manage and charge its EV fleet.
The deal will allow Picnic to make full use of ChargePoint advanced software solutions, including charge management, range forecasting, and streamlined delivery route and schedule planning, simplifying the management of Picnic’s operations. In addition, ChargePoint software gives Picnic managers full operational visibility, helping them understand their fleet utilisation and stay ahead of critical issues. As a result, Picnic can better utilise their vehicles, prevent breakdowns and reduce operating costs.
Picnic vehicles charge via common electricity sockets. ChargePoint technology extends the same charge management capabilities it normally deployed on a range of externally EV chargers directly to the vehicle’s onboard charger.
“We continuously look for improvements of our vehicles, and smart charging is an important part of our efforts to further enhance the sustainability of our fleet,” said Joris Wolters, Picnic’s vehicle expert.
“Rolling out our cloud-based fleet charging solution with delivery leader Picnic helps further demonstrate our commitment to the fleet in Europe,” said Rich Mohr, vice president of Fleet at ChargePoint. “We are excited to work with another leading technology innovator in the Netherlands and together bring the electrification of fleets forward.”