Please provide the leading companies in the Netherlands and Austria who are currently operating a fleet of electric vehicles.
The five leading companies currently operating electric vehicle fleets in the Netherlands are Mister Green, Connexxion, Rotterdam Mobility Center, Schiphol Taxi and Taxi Electric. In Austria, the three most prominent companies within the same industry are Green Ride, Wiener Linien and Voltia. We have determined these companies to be the leaders in the electric vehicle operations market due to their fleet numbers, reputation within the industry, international presence and innovation and commitment to adding electric vehicles to their fleet in the future. The Dutch companies have been ordered according to fleet numbers, while the Austrian companies have not been presented in any particular order. Where fleet numbers are not publicly available, we have included a brief summary of why each company was chosen as a leader in this field.
1. Mister Green
Mister Green is the fastest growing electric vehicle leasing company in the Netherlands. This growth is due to their innovative business model and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles in the Netherlands. The Tesla Model S is Mister Green's vehicle of choice and according to Florian Minderop, the company's General Manager and co-founder, the car is also cool and affordable and features fast acceleration. Mister Green currently leases eleven different EV models and aims to have a fleet of 5,000 electric cars by 2022.
Connexxion are market leaders in transportation within the Netherlands according to a number of sources including an article by Bus World which states that Connexxion, along with parent company Transdev, operate the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. Furthermore, BYD Europe also identifies Connexxion as a market leader and state that their deal to supply eight electric buses to the company in January 2017, was an important deal as the company is the subsidiary of one of the largest public transport companies in Europe. According to Transdev's 2016 Annual Report, they currently possess a fleet of 400 electric buses in the Netherlands.
Rotterdam Mobility Center was awarded the title of "Certified Sustainable" in 2016 by BOVAG (an independent automotive services association) to recognize the company's excellence in the automotive industry. In July 2017, Rotterdam Mobility Center signed a deal with UK-based EV manufacturers Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. to purchase a fleet of 225 taxis. Rotterdam Mobility Center mainly deals with Volvo cars currently, but change is expected with the new EV fleet's expected arrival in 2018.
Schiphol Taxi aims to be the leading company providing the highest-quality in individual passenger transport to and from the Schiphol Airport. The airport is the third largest in Europe and served more than 63 million passengers in 2016. Their electric car fleet of 96, consists 100% of Tesla Model S vehicles.
According to Nissan, Taxi Electric was one of the first electric taxi companies worldwide. They operate a fleet of vehicles that are 100% electric and powered by green electricity. They provide three levels of service, economy, business and executive, each making use of a different EV model. In 2015, the company had a total of 22 Nissan LEAF vehicles which are used to for their economy service. Taxi Electric boast well-known and highly-successful clients such as IBM, PWC, Nikon, Heineken and ING. While exact fleet numbers are not publicly available, Taxi Electric has been chosen as a market leader due to their reputation worldwide and their reputable clientele.
Greenride is a vehicle leasing and taxi service that operates internationally with branches in Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland. They aim to provide a high-quality service which considers the environmental impact of its actions. Greenride provides Tesla electric vehicles for private or business rental, as well as operating a taxi service. While their fleet numbers are not publicly available, we have determined them to be a leader in this industry due to their company's international reach and reputation.
Wiener Linien services 2.6 million passengers every day and is Austria's largest transport network. They were the winners of the Austrian State Prize award for Mobility in 2013 after introducing the first fully-electric bus lines in 2012. As of May 2017, Wiener Linien operates 12 bus lines serviced 100% by electric buses. An additional seven e-buses will join their fleet by the end of 2019. While their fleet may be seen to be relatively small, Wiener Linien was chosen as a leader in this market due to their overall company reach and their innovation and movement towards electric vehicles in the future.
Voltia is known as a pioneer in the deployment of electric commercial vehicles for lease with a focus on light commercial vehicles weighing between 2 to 3.5 tonnes. They boast a range of reputable clients including TNT and DPD (Direct Parcel Distribution). As of November 2016, Voltia service eighty companies across four countries, covering a combined total of over 1,000,000 km of electric driving. While exact fleet numbers are not publicly available, we have chosen Voltia as a leader in this industry due to their unique vehicle offerings in the commercial vehicle market and their international reach.
In conclusion, the leading companies currently operating electric vehicles fleets in the Netherlands are Mister Green, Connexxion, Rotterdam Mobility Center, Schiphol Taxi and Taxi Electric. In Austria, the leading companies within the same industry are Green Ride, Wiener Linien and Voltia.