An innovative use of electric vehicles

A new electric shared ride project has launched in Amsterdam. Europe’s market leader in public mobility, ViaVan, has teamed up with Shell to deploy a fleet of shared electric vehicles in Amsterdam. The companies are confident that their respective technologies, along with a charging station infrastructure, can all be integrated into one seamless system to create efficient high-capacity electric fleets.

The project will use the on-demand technologies and operations of ViaVan, “Shell Recharge” technology and the network of Shell’s charging stations to show the efficiency of large electric fleets when the routing to available chargers is optimised in an intelligent manner.

ViaVan’s “EV Operating System” includes a powerful EV [electric vehicle] routing algorithm which maximises the range and battery utilisation of electric vehicles. This system could also have great potential for cities to gain further control of grid usage across the city, both through better planning and more efficient on-demand use of their charging capabilities. Passengers will be able to book an electric shared ride with an “eVia” request on the ViaVan mobile app. 

Amsterdam’s road to transport sustainability

In Amsterdam, the system will monitor the real-time battery status of all vehicles in the fleet, calculate upcoming charging tasks and intelligently route vehicles to Shell charging stations. Amsterdam was chosen to test the new scheme due to its commitment to sustainability and extensive investments into public charging infrastructure. The city is aiming to achieve zero-emission transport by 2025. Amsterdam also happens to be home to both ViaVan’s first shared ride service in Europe and Shell’s Technology Centre.

ViaVan launched in Amsterdam in 2018

A shared vision on shared rides

“The successful integration of electric vehicles into fleets of on-demand shared shuttles is a complex operational challenge that requires smart EV technology,” said Chris Snyder, ViaVan CEO. “We are excited to partner with Shell to demonstrate that when technology interacts with infrastructure, we have the ability to bring innovative, congestion-reducing and sustainable solutions to cities that have the potential to evolve public transportation towards a greener, shared future.”

“We put customers at the heart of all our solutions and are looking forward to this opportunity to prove the viability of a new solution for electric fleets in urban areas,” says Roger Hunter, VP Electric Mobility at Shell. “Partnerships will be critical to a successful energy transition and we are excited to work alongside ViaVan.”

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