NEXT eMobility Solutions, a business unit of Navistar International (NYSE: NAV), has signed a master services agreement with Los Angeles-based In-Charge Energy to provide charging infrastructure and consulting services to Navistar and its EV customers.
As fleet operators electrify, they are learning that purchasing EVs is just the beginning of the process—they slso need to consider maintenance, increased electricity demand, utility upgrades and other factors. NEXT eMobility, which launched last October, touts a “Four Cs” approach to fleet infrastructure services: Consulting, Construction, Charging and Connecting.
“We can provide the very best bus or truck for our customers, but if they don’t have a partner to show them how to operate it, charge it or take care of it in the long run, it likely won’t be a successful deployment,” said Navistar Director of Business Development Jason Gies. “This partnership ensures that IC Bus and International Truck customers have the infrastructure support they need to ultimately be successful in electric.”
“The total cost of ownership with electric vehicles promises to be less than conventional vehicles; however, that is only possible with well-designed charging infrastructure and a trusted partner,” said In-Charge CEO Cameron Funk. “Navistar has the right vision and In-Charge is pleased to provide their end-to-end charging solution.”