The project will combine Shell’s fast-charging infrastructure in the Dutch capital with ViaVan’s electric vehicle fleet to improve routing information to available chargers nearby.
The company claims this includes a “routing algorithm” that maximises the range and battery utilisation of vehicles, monitors the real-time battery status of the fleet, calculates upcoming charging tasks and intelligently routes vehicles to Shell charging stations.
Chris Snyder, CEO, ViaVan told Cities Today: “It’s one thing if you know where the vehicle is going to be two hours from now, you can schedule something.
But if you don’t know because your transportation system is dynamic you need to be able to choose the right charging points in real time.”
The city of Amsterdam has an extensive EV charging network, led by a demand-driven model that allows members of the public to apply for on-street chargers if they cannot access off-street charging.
The majority of these units however are designed for residential overnight parking, not transit services.
The development of fast-chargers has largely been left to the private industry, with companies including Shell, BP and Total establishing a presence in the city.
“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,” said Roger Hunter, VP Electric Mobility at Shell. “Partnerships will be critical to a successful energy transition and we are excited to work alongside ViaVan.”
The energy company has increased its investment in electric technology in recent years, and expanded its charging network at petrol station forecourts across Europe.
Its expansion into the renewables sector was boosted by its acquisition of French offshore wind developer Eolfi last month, but the company continues to be targeted for its environmental record.
On 4 December, the company won a court injunction, banning environmental group Greenpeace from occupying four of its oil rigs in the North Sea, after its activists boarded two decommissioned platforms in October in protest of Shell’s decision to leave 11,000 tonnes of oil sediment at its Brent oilfield in the sea.