CAMPBELL, Calif. -- ChargePoint electric-vehicle charging stations will equip “tens of thousands” of its charging spots for use of U.S. Bank’s Voyager Network Fleet Card. The upgrade could give public buses, delivery trucks and other corporate fleets more locations to charge electric vehicles (EVs) in their fleets. Work is due to begin this summer and is set to be complete by the end of the season.
Together, the companies are bringing many firsts to the industry. Campbell, Calif.-based ChargePoint is the first EV charging network to accept corporate fleet cards, and Voyager is the first fleet-card issuer to be accepted at ChargePoint charging spots. The deal was announced as Electric Vehicles International predicts electric-car fleets to reach 20 million by 2020 globally.
“Joining the Voyager Network is a significant enhancement to ChargePoint’s already comprehensive fleet charging solutions that simplify operations for a wide range of government, utility and private fleet operators,” said Michael Jones, vice president of sales for ChargePoint Inc. “Making expense management easy while giving fleet drivers the flexibility to charge at multiple locations on the ChargePoint network is yet another innovation that makes our solution even more compelling to fleet managers.”
The Voyager Network, owned and operated by U.S. Bank, is one of the largest fleet-fueling and maintenance acceptance networks in the United States. The Voyager Fleet Card is accepted at more than 320,000 fueling, maintenance and service locations and used by millions of drivers of fleet cars, trucks and heavy-duty commercial rigs.
“Working with ChargePoint is an excellent example of our commitment as a bank to promoting a sustainable environment while supporting economic growth,” said John Hardin, U.S. Bank's global transportation general manager. “ChargePoint’s well-established nationwide presence gives our fleets instant access to an alternative power source and reflects the bank’s strategy of pursuing innovative partnerships in renewable energy.”
ChargePoint is the largest electric-vehicle charging network in the world, with charging solutions for home, work, around town and on the road. It includes a network of more than 34,500 independently owned charging spots and more than 7,000 customers.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States.