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ViaVan and Shell launch shared ride in Amsterdam

March 2020

By means of an app, passengers can consciously opt for an electric vehicle for a ride.
Photo: Miquel Gonzalez

ViaVan Technologies B.V., Europe’s market leader for public mobility, and Shell are launching an innovative electromobility project in Amsterdam, combining ViaVan’s expertise in on-demand mobility technology with Shell’s capabilities in charging solutions. The aim is to demonstrate the feasibility of deploying electric vehicle fleets in urban environments.

The programme will integrate the on-demand technology and operation of ViaVan, Shell’s rapid charging technology and the associated charging stations into a single system. ViaVan and Shell will demonstrate that high performance electric fleets can improve their performance by optimizing the transfer to available charging stations. ViaVan’s electric vehicle operating system includes a powerful routing algorithm that maximises the range and battery performance of electric vehicles. In Amsterdam, the system will monitor the real-time battery status of all vehicles in the fleet, calculate upcoming charging tasks and route vehicles intelligently to one of Shell’s rapid charging stations. This will make the electric vehicles an efficient part of the public transport network. Passengers can book their ride in an electric vehicle in the ViaVan mobile app via an eVia request.

Electric mobility complementingpublic transport

The use of such an operating system for electric vehicles offers municipalities considerable potential for a better overview of the electricity network in the urban area. ViaVan works closely with cities and public transport companies and offers ride-sharing and electric mobility services that complement the existing transport infrastructure. In Berlin, ViaVan supports and operates a fleet of on-demand shuttles, most of which are electrically powered, in partnership with Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) – the largest public use of shared shuttles worldwide. In Milton Keynes, UK, ViaVan’s on-demand service will be fully electric by 2020. ViaVan’s comprehensive solution offers its partners the opportunity to introduce zero-emission public transport using e-shuttles.

Experienced project partners

ViaVan is a joint venture between Via and Mercedes-Benz Vans. There are already more than 90 implementations of Via technology in 20 countries worldwide, with more than 70 million journeys made to date. Shell is committed to the future of electromobility in the Netherlands and announced that it will accelerate the expansion of the ‘Shell Recharge’ fast-charging infrastructure. In the coming years, the Shell Recharge network will be expanded to 200 charging stations throughout the Netherlands.


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