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11 October, 2018 - 12:40 By Kate Sweeney

Spark EV Technology in global electric vehicle trials elite

Newmarket-based Spark EV Technology is one of just four startups from around the world chosen for BP and RocketSpace’s Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative programme – designed to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

The programme brings together the world’s most promising startups and global industry leaders to work together on paid, real-world proof-of-concept projects.

Spark beat hundreds of global competitors to earn selection. It has been selected to test and explore partnerships with Avis Budget Group, IBM and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi during the 12 week programme. 

Through the Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative there will be multiple opportunities to test Spark’s AI-based journey prediction software with corporates, potentially leading to expanded pilots, future partnerships or investments.

Spark’s AI-based journey prediction software uses machine learning to help EVs and hybrids go further between charges using live data from the vehicle, driver and atmospherics. 

These more accurate predictions help remove range anxiety and increase vehicle trust, therefore driving greater adoption of electric vehicles by both businesses and consumers.

Justin Ott, the Spark Technology CEO, said: “The Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative programme is the perfect fit for our technology and aims, helping us put our technology in the hands of leading companies, show real world benefits and extend our network, driving our growth.

“By collaborating with BP and other industry leaders we can accelerate development and adoption of our AI-based technology to ultimately help drive greater EV adoption.”

Roy Williamson, vice-president of BP’s advanced mobility, added: “I see RocketSpace as a win-win for everyone involved. For startups, it provides the opportunity to work with BP to test their products and services in our environment.

“For BP, we get to experiment with new products and services that could help us transform mobility and ensure we are positioned to meet the needs of customers now and into the future.”

New, tested solutions will be presented at a Demo Day in December.

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