Merchants Fleet takes another step in EV initiative
Hooksett-based fleet management company Merchants Fleet is partnering with an Italian firm to expand its charging infrastructure to meet the needs of an expanded electric vehicle portfolio.
Merchants Fleet is teaming with Enel X, which has offices in Boston and will provide installation and charging infrastructure to Merchants clients to support the electrification of fleets nationwide.
Through the agreement, Merchants Fleet clients will have access to Enel X’s portfolio of fleet electrification solutions, including JuiceBox smart charging stations and JuiceNet IoT software.
Enel X produces home charging stations and other EV products. Under the partnership, Merchants will market a lease package that includes Enel X’s JuiceBox charging station and installation services.
The step is the latest in Merchants’ initiative to greatly expand and promote its EV inventory, said CEO Brendan Keegan.
“Every day, the Merchants Fleet team works to develop and improve upon the fleet electrification solutions we can offer to our clients – solutions that not only elevate their brands environmentally, but integrate the latest innovations to reduce costs,” Keegan said. “Bringing Enel X into our ecosystem expands the scale and capabilities of what we can offer to our clients and supports us in our journey to over 50 percent electrification by 2030.”
In early 2021, Merchants launched its Adopt EV program, which is aimed at helping fleet clients more easily and cost-effectively adopt EVs. Merchants Fleet manages roughly 150,000 vehicles for its clients nationwide.
The partnership with Merchants expand Enel X’s fleet electrification portfolio even further, following partnerships that include Biogen, Uber, Vestas and Novartis. Enel X is also working with transit agencies, including the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, to support the electrification of public bus fleets, and Martha’s Vineyard, on a microgrid that will power an all-electric public transportation bus.