Origin launches Australian-first EV fleet solution

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Origin is making the switch to electric vehicles easier for Australian businesses, plus helping them reduce their carbon footprint and lower operating costs, through a new offering called Origin 360 EV Fleet.

Origin 360 EV Fleet brings together the energy retailer with fleet management company, Custom Fleet, to provide a one-stop shop for EV fleet procurement, management and charging.

Taking the complexity out of making the switch to EVs, Origin 360 EV Fleet will provide business customers with tailored EV implementation strategies, fully managed vehicles, charging infrastructure, load management and carbon-neutral travel through inclusion of carbon offsets. Customers will also receive reporting and insights to help optimise fleet performance and emissions reduction.

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“Achieving net zero emissions by 2050 will require action across our economy, particularly transportation, which is the third-largest source of emissions in the country, making accelerating the uptake of EVs in Australia a crucial piece of the puzzle,” Origin executive general manager, Future Energy, Tony Lucas said.

“Business fleets make up close to half of all new vehicle sales in Australia, presenting a huge opportunity to reduce emissions, and the rationale for change becomes even more compelling when you consider EVs are cheaper to run, allowing Origin to help businesses to reduce their operating costs.

“Origin is ideally placed to support businesses to electrify their transportation, with Origin 360 EV Fleet a natural extension of the range of clean energy products and services we already provide to our business customers, including solar and battery solutions.

“We hope Origin’s activities will stimulate greater demand for EVs across the Australian market, encourage manufacturers to release more models locally, and grow the second-hand EV market when fleets are upgraded.”

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Custom Fleet CEO Aaron Baxter said, “As an organisation, not only have we been on this journey ourselves, we have built market-leading capability in the ANZ region to support the take up of EVs. Working with Origin will combine the strengths and expertise in each of our respective businesses and place us at the forefront to help even more Australian businesses achieve their sustainability goals.”

Origin 360 EV brings together all the work Origin is doing to help accelerate the growth of EVs in Australia, and will be used as a platform to launch additional EV solutions over time.

Origin is currently undertaking an EV smart charging trial with support from ARENA, is represented on the board of the Electric Vehicle Council, and is a member of EV100 – a global initiative to accelerate the uptake of EVs.

In addition, Origin has committed to transitioning all 600 of the company’s passenger and light commercial vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030, as the company pursues its own strategy to reduce its carbon emissions to transition to net zero emissions by 2050.