Evolution unveils fleet electrification partnership with VivoPower for its light utility vehicle fleet
28 November 2022
VivoPower International PLC announces that it has entered into a supply agreement with Evolution Group Holdings for the full electrification of its fleet of light utility vehicles for traffic management and fleet management.
Under the definitive agreement, Tembo Australia, VivoPower International PLC’s wholly owned subsidiary, will convert existing and new vehicles to full electric over the next five years.
This is subject to the successful completion of commercial and technical on-road trials, with a target to have the first fully electrified utility vehicle certified and road-worthy in 2023.
Kerry Daly, Non-Executive Chairman of Evolution, said “Evolution is constantly evaluating opportunities to offer innovative and competitive solutions to its clients and to the industry as a whole.
“We have one of the largest fleets of vehicles for traffic management services across Australia and New Zealand and being the first to commit fully to [the] electrification of our vehicles will help to set new eco-friendly standards for the industry.
“After a review of proposals and capabilities of different electric vehicle conversion companies, the independent board members of Evolution have selected Tembo on the basis of their global experience, capability to deliver, training and change management credentials, as well as the broader VivoPower sustainable energy solutions offering.”
Evolution will be the first traffic management company in the world to commit to fleet electrification and repowering, which is in keeping with its objective to deliver cost-effective, sustainable and environment-friendly solutions for clients from both the private and public sectors in Australia and New Zealand.
Gary Challinor, Chief Operating Officer of VivoPower, said “We are delighted to have been selected for this important agreement and partnership to repower Evolution’s fleet of light utility vehicles for traffic control and fleet management.
“It is a first for the repowering of an existing fleet in Australia and New Zealand and also a first for the traffic management sector. We are looking forward to working closely with Evolution, not only to provide conversion EV powertrain kits, ruggedisation and customisation, but also, importantly, to deliver training and change management, as well as complimentary sustainable energy solutions.”
Sharing some company expansion plans on the occasion, he added: “Tembo is currently evaluating options and in discussions with financiers for establishing assembly facilities in Australia and is considering South East Queensland as a preferred location.”