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Schneider Electric (SE) has announced a partnership with Singapore utility provider, SP Group (SP), to fully electrify Schneider Electric’s service fleet in Singapore.

The agreement enables the firm’s service vehicles to access the utility provider’s nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging points. SP will fully support SE’s charging needs for at least the next two years.

Furthermore, this marks the first time a corporate partner outside of the public transport sector will be using SP’s nationwide EV charging network. This represents a growing trend of companies in Singapore electrifying their internal fleets to achieve environmental sustainability and cost savings.

“Going green is a deliberate decision,” said Damien Dhellemmes, country president, Schneider Electric Singapore. “After greening our regional headquarters in Singapore, our next step is to electrify our fleet.”

“This is only possible if we have an accessible and wide enough charging network so that our service vehicles can be green and still serve our customers efficiently,” added Dhellemmes. SP’s nationwide network gives us the impetus to make this decision.”

The firm’s intent is to ultimately electrify its entire fleet of 25 vehicles by 2021, with 10 expected to be electrified by June 2020. The firm credits its partnership with SP in making this possible.

SP had earlier signed partnerships with Grab and HDT Singapore Taxi (HDT) to support the charging needs of their EV fleets. 

SP currently operates Singapore’s largest and fastest public EV charging network with more than 200 charging points across the island. It is targeting 1,000 EV charging points by the end of 2020, of which 250 will be high-speed DC (direct current) chargers that can deliver a full charge in 30 minutes.

“SP has built up deep capabilities in electric vehicle charging and usage over the years which we have harnessed for our nationwide public EV charging network,” said Goh Chee Kiong, Head of Strategic Development, SP Group.

“We are pleased to have Schneider Electric as our first corporate partner outside of the public transport sector and are confident this will provide a model for many other corporates to electrify their own fleet vehicles,” added Goh.

“SP’s pervasive EV charging network across Singapore will fully support their charging needs, providing drivers convenience and peace of mind.”

In October 2019, the firm revealed plans to commit at least S$16 million over the next four years to incubate and develop Singapore-based companies that have strong global potential and ability to scale leveraging its expertise in energy management, industrial automation, and digital transformation.

In partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the Venture Building Programme targets new ventures for solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems; including how to fight climate change and transition the globe to renewable energy.

Technologies such as IoT, 5G, AI and robotics are a means to create opportunities – addressing growing markets such as distributed energy resources (DER), energy-as-a-service, electromobility, energy storage, and efficient heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) – according to Schneider Electric.

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