Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) and Geotab are partnering to deliver a factory-installed connectivity solution on ELMS’ upcoming Urban Delivery EV to help provide customers with centralized access to their connected vehicle data via the MyGeotab platform.
As part of the collaboration, ELMS plans to integrate Geotab’s GO9+ telematics solution into its Urban Delivery vehicle, the company said. Geotab’s GO9+ device will help enable high-speed connectivity and allow fleet managers access to ELMS AIR, which is ELMS’ in-development connectivity and data analytics suite, which is anticipated to provide fleets with full visibility of their Urban Delivery vehicles in near real time.
The GO9+ is also expected to allow users to turn each Urban Delivery vehicle into a Wi-Fi hotspot where possible and when needed, the company said.
“ELMS is not just a vehicle company but a technology and solutions company,” said ELMS CTO, Kev Adjemian. “By integrating Geotab’s solutions, we will work closely together to eventually provide Urban Delivery customers with in-house OTA technology, which we believe will help to significantly reduce service downtime and maximize vehicle efficiency.”
Powered by Geotab, ELMS AIR will provide fleet managers with a single view of their entire fleet to help better analyze fleet-generated data, from GPS tracking, road speed and charging status to battery state of charge and more, which can be used to help reduce fleet costs, increase productivity and efficiency, improve safety and strengthen compliance, according to ELMS.
Geotab and ELMS are further collaborating on technology that is focused on enabling the GO9+ to assist fleet managers with access to the ELMS AIR over-the-air technology solution, aimed at one day providing software updates and upgrades to fleets via a secured cellular connection intended to help maximize vehicle uptime and ensure that vehicle software is up to date.
The Urban Delivery is expected to be the first Class 1 OTA-enabled EV in the U.S. Factory-installation of Geotab’s GO9+ device is expected to begin at the start of Urban Delivery vehicle production.
“With sustainability at the forefront of Geotab's innovations, we are excited to collaborate with innovative OEM partners like ELMS to equip customers with the technology needed to help achieve their fleet electrification goals,” said Rob Minton, associate vice president, Connected Car Business Development at Geotab.