Fleet Live
8th - 9th October 2019
NEC, Birmingham

Tomorrow's Fleet Zone

The Tomorrow’s Fleet Zone allows visitors to Fleet Live to experience the future of fleet management first-hand.

Step onto our purpose-built street of the future, ‘Electric Avenue’, and enter the world of the autonomous vehicle, innovative electric vehicle charging solutions, mobility apps, and other future products and services. You will have the opportunity to touch and see some of these and ask questions from the experts behind the technologies as you walk along Electric Avenue.  

Delegates will be able to interact with teams from Allstar Business Solutions, Centrica and Westfield Autonomous and more to find out more about how fleets will change in the future.



Westfield Technology Group will showcase its autonomous POD vehicle

Set mock up, graphic interpretation, test trackThe POD will be on a static demo display and the Westfield team will be on hand on both days to give a video demo and explain how the technology works, as well as answer any questions on how autonomous technology will fit into the future of fleet.
The POD is the UK’s first fully autonomous vehicle for first mile – last mile transportation. The PODs can platoon together autonomously and they were developed in conjunction with Heathrow Airport.The original system has now completed over five million kilometres in a live commercial environment serving Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 POD Parking.
POD trials are currently ongoing, engaging with the general public to explore their perception, understanding and acceptance of autonomous vehicles.
The largest multi vehicle trial formed part of the GATEway autonomous vehicle project in London. Trials have continued with the support of Department of International Trade and Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles.
Julian Turner, Westfield Chief Executive Officer, said: “It’s important to be part of the show because it allows us to showcase the cutting edge of Autonomous capability of the Westfield POD, which when deployed with Fleet Management Systems can provide an innovative solution to modern transport problems". ‚Äč



Last mile delivery electric cargo bikes

Visitors will be able to experience award winning electric cargo bikes, The Douze G4e, to prompt discussion on how they could help fleets tackle last mile deliveries in city centre locations. The G4e features a 270 litres secure load space and is powered by a lithium-ion graphene battery with a total output of 1270 watts. The bike can reach a top speed of 15.5mph.

Representatives from London Green Cycles, one of two UK approved stockists for the G4e, will be on hand to show off the bikes on the Tomorrow’s Fleet stand in Hall 20. The French-made G4e recently won Transport for London’s (TfL) inaugural competition to find the best cargo bikes for sustainable business deliveries and was revealed as the Best Cargo Bike - Business Category.



Hear from Centrica on their electric fleet transition

The team from Centrica will be on hand to speak about its experiences with switching to electric vehicles with its fleet and its part in the Optimise Prime commercial vehicle trial project. Centrica’s fleet, including British Gas, has already completed 1.5 million electric miles so far.

Centrica’s Mobility ventures team will be available to talk with delegates about developments with technology and data around charging infrastructure solutions too. Its ambition is to work with fleet operators including buses, taxis and commercial fleets in depot and return to home tech solutions.

Chris Jackson, Centrica head of electric vehicle strategy for fleets, will be on stand with his team to open up a dialogue with fleets on their electric fleet transition.

Jackson said: “We want to talk about EV enablement. How we integrate the necessary infrastructure, energy and optimisation along with the vehicle so the fleet operator can transition with certainty.”




BP Chargemaster's charging offering to fleets

BP Chargemaster representatives will be showcasing their charging network Polar, which is the largest network of public charging points in the UK with over 7,000 points. Their space in the zone will also focus on the roll out of ultra-fast charging on BP forecourts across the UK, as well as showcasing two of its pillar charging units on stand to demonstrate its office charging solution.







Allstar launch electric vehicle charging payment solutions

Allstar Business Solutions will be participating in the Tomorrow’s Fleet Zone this year to talk with delegates about the launch of their electric vehicle charging payment solutions – Allstar One Electric.

Allstar’s EV payment solution combines all the benefits of their leading Allstar One card with the ability to pay for electric vehicle charging across a multi-branded electric charging network. Allstar One Electric helps reduce the complexity of on the road charging as businesses look to introduce alternative fuel vehicles in to their fleets.

Paul Holland, MD, UK Fuel at FLEETCOR, commented: “Those managing fleets that combine petrol, diesel and electric vehicles are faced with many challenges, needing to manage multiple accounts and payment methods to ensure their fleet has access to a convenient network for all its refuelling needs. On top of this, they are met by varying account structures, different pricing, separate invoicing and reporting, leading to a lot of administration that leaves fleet managers and owners without the necessary controls to run their business. With our card, we want to ensure our customers are supported with convenient payment solutions to keep their vehicles on the road.”

Allstar has already signed up with four charging providers and is working on adding more to expand its coverage.

It means fleets will be able to track information like cost per charge and mileage per charge to feed into tracking how plug-in vehicles are performing for their business and where changes or improvements are needed.

Allstar has put together a White Paper called Navigating the Alternatively Fuelled Future to help unpick the difficulties some fleets are finding with managing vehicle charging and the team will be on stand to prompt discussion on the topic at Fleet Live.

The Allstar team will be out in force at Fleet Live this year with stands at Tomorrow’s Fleet as well as its own stand at the NEC to speak with delegates about EV charging, fuel and expense management and service maintenance and repair.