STARTUP CHALLENGE: EV FLEET ASSESSMENT TOOL

We are looking for online planning tools for fleets of electric vehicles

As part of its commitment to the electrification of the transportation sector, AVANGRID*, Iberdrola's subsidiary in the United States, seeks to develop a web tool to help fleet operators to assess feasibility, costs and benefits of converting their fleets to electric solutions. To this end, Iberdrola launches this challenge through its International Startup Programme - PERSEO.

The fight against climate change is one of the biggest challenges humanity faces in the 21st century, which makes it essential to decarbonize our economy. AVANGRID*, Iberdrola's US subsidiary, is committed to leading the energy transition and therefore its targets are focused on electrifying the economy, innovation and technological advances and offering better consumer connectivity.

The states where Avangrid Networks operates, NY, ME, and CT, have all established goals to make a significant impact on climate change by reducing emissions. Transportation makes up a significant portion of emissions in these states — 37 % in NY, 38 % in ME and 53 % in ME —; therefore, its decarbonization, mainly through electrification, is an absolute necessity in order to achieve those emissions goals.

AVANGRID* is committed to electrification of the transportation sector as a key strategy for achieving long term climate goals and is actively supporting vehicle electrification through its EV Charger Make-Ready programmes, which have a goal of supporting over 13,000 new chargers by 2025. Additionally, AVANGRID* has a goal of converting 60 % of its own fleet, including 100 % of its light-duty fleet of vehicles to electric and other clean fuel alternatives by 2030.

DESCRIPTION OF THE CHALLENGE

Electric options for medium and heavy-duty vehicles are expected to reach parity with internal combustion engine equivalents on acquisition costs and provide savings from a total cost of ownership perspective. The tipping point is approaching and AVANGRID* is looking to help facilitate this transition for customers by providing insight and information on electrical infrastructure capacity, potential upgrade costs, and future expected electricity costs.

For that reason, AVANGRID*, in collaboration with the International Startup programme - PERSEO, Iberdrola's risk capital vehicle, launched last September this challenge to define a tool that could help fleet operators to assess feasibility, costs and benefits of converting their fleets to electric solutions, and all this available for customer use on utility websites. The deadline for applications is now closed.

The proposals will be analysed based on criteria of scalability, robustness and ease of implementation and use.

The project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the AVANGRID* and Iberdrola Network area and the project will be developed in collaboration with technical specialists from the Iberdrola Networks area.

THE PRIZE

The prize will consist of us signing a collaboration agreement for the development of a proof-of-concept with PERSEO or any other relevant Iberdrola group company, who will assume the costs and provide the winner with the necessary technical support, giving access to infrastructures and real data to test the solution.

If the assay or proof of concept is satisfactory, Iberdrola may offer the participant the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements.

In addition, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant and/or challenge winner.

If you have any questions, please contact IberdrolaChallenge@iberdrola.es.
 

TIMELINE

09/01/2021
Public launch
of the
challenge
10/14/2021
Deadline for
receiving
proposals
November 2021
Announcement
of the winner


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* AVANGRID, Inc. is 81,50 % owned by Iberdrola, S. A.