Tire manufacturer Bridgestone has signed an agreement with last-mile electric vehicle developer Scoobic Urban Mobility to provide premium tires and telematics for all new vehicles.
The European-level agreement is already being provided in Spain, France and Italy, and will soon be expanded to markets including Germany, Poland and the UK.
All new Scoobic vehicles will come equipped with factory-installed fleet management technology from Bridgestone subsidiary Webfleet Solutions, while the company’s retail network of service locations will maintain Scoobic’s electric fleet and replace tires when necessary.
Webfleet’s Software as a Service solution can be used by Scoobic customers to manage operations more efficiently and includes the EV solution system, which provides information on the battery level, charging time and nearest charging points. WebFleet also issues alerts when it identifies that a vehicle needs to be checked, reducing vehicle downtime.
Daniel Giroud, chief sales officer (CSO) of Bridgestone Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA), said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Scoobic to help achieve more sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility. The partnership underpins our commitments to provide an end-to-end suite of integrated services to enable safe and sustainable mobility, through supporting the electrification of fleets in the distribution sector, and to reduce polluting gas emissions in cities. With simplified EV management, charging and maintenance we are helping companies to manage their electric vehicles in a smarter and more profitable way.”
Jose Maria Gómez, CEO at Scoobic, said, “This agreement has many advantages for Scoobic customers. It provides them the opportunity to improve workforce efficiency by up to 30% while also decarbonizing their business and reducing their environmental footprint in cities. In addition, they will also be able to take advantage of the state-of-the-art, innovative, factory-installed fleet management systems and optimization tools offered by Webfleet Solutions, as well as a highly experienced and widespread network of car service centers for maintenance.”