ARVAL REAFFIRMS ITS COMMITMENT TO ACTIVELY CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENERGY TRANSITION WITH ITS FIRST INTERNATIONAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE DAY
On August 28th, Arval, the global specialist in full service vehicle leasing, organized its first international EV (Electric Vehicle) Day at its headquarters. The event included a showcase of latest Electric Vehicle models and associated services, as well as a round-table discussion around the question “Are we all ready to scale up?”, gathering Arval employees, clients, energy transition experts, several OEMs as well as energy, charging solutions and services providers.
Clearly the Arval Mobility Observatory barometer 2019 shows that customers are ready to embrace the “new energies” and “new mobility solutions” in their fleets. And in the framework of BNP Paribas’ strategy, Arval is at the heart of contributing to the energy transition through its expertise, supporting clients and their drivers.
Arval’s SMaRT approach (Sustainable Mobility and Responsibility Targets) remains essential. By helping customers to build their energy transition strategies and supporting them in the implementation of alternative mobility solutions, Arval enables clients to convert their CSR ambitions into concrete action plans towards a sustainable future. The Electric Vehicle is a major component of this, as in many cases it represents a relevant solution for their mobility needs and this will further accelerate in the near future.
Electric Vehicles generate great interest for customers and drivers, although some doubts remain, mainly on the availability of the right vehicles and on the services provided, but also on their TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) competitiveness. Both OEMs and the energy service providers confirmed during the two round-tables, to be ready to scale up and team up with companies as Arval, to ensure the vehicles are there, that their TCO is competitive and that the services required to offer a seamless service can be fully integrated into Arval’s offers. “Arval is taking up its mission of accompanying its clients on this fundamental transition in the coming years, with tools like SMaRT”, confirms Bart Beckers, Chief Commercial Officer of Arval. “Moreover, we have teamed up with the best OEMs and energy partners to seamlessly integrate the solutions of tomorrow, as of now”.
“Organizing our first International EV Day expresses our clear commitment to be a major player in the energy transition, within the overall framework of BNP Paribas. By proactively advising our clients on the arising alternative opportunities in terms of powertrains and associated services and by renewing their fleets – as well as our own –, we will ensure to have on the road the latest technologies and powertrains, and be more respectful to the environment and society. With the recent launch of a dedicated Energy Transition Hub, involving our internal experts as well as leading partners, we made this challenge a strategic priority. And to underpin this key orientation, we have set ourselves the goal into 2020 to grow at twice the pace of the market, when it concerns EV registrations”, affirms Alain Van Groenendael, Arval CEO.