MICHELIN Connected Fleet has signed a four-year partnership with Scottish Water to help boost the performance of the utility’s 2,000-strong mixed fleet and accelerate the firm’s move to electric vehicles (EV) and zero-emission alternatives.

The company, which provides water and wastewater services to over 5 million customers across rural, island and urban communities, is rolling out MICHELIN Connected Fleet across its 1,300 vans, 200-plus trucks and trailers, and 500 specialist pieces of plant, over the next six months.

The fleet management solutions will primarily be used to guide decisions about switching to EVs by drawing on data analysis of battery charging and range performance, with the tools also being utilised to improve driver behaviour.

Elaine Pringle, Fleet Manager at Scottish Water, says: “We see huge benefits from partnering with MICHELIN Connected Fleet, both to support driver safety and also help the business to meet our own ambitious target of transitioning to a zero-emission fleet.

“We’re really impressed with the reporting capabilities of the fleet management tools, which will provide invaluable insights to determine how we introduce EVs and where we need to install charging infrastructure. Data analysis will also aid vehicle utilisation, whilst helping cut costs by enhancing route optimisation and scheduling and reducing CO2 emissions across our fleet.”

Scottish Water’s new long-term partnership with MICHELIN Connected Fleet follows a two-year trial of its EV transition tools and services that led to more than 100 internal combustion engine-powered small- and medium-size vans being replaced with EVs.

Gilson Santiago, CEO of MICHELIN Connected Fleet, says: “After working with us on a project basis since 2021, Scottish Water has seen how it can benefit from our connected fleet management tools in a number of impactful ways. We are committed to helping customers run more sustainable fleets and we believe our services and data insights will be incredibly useful in the firm’s ongoing EV transition programme.”