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5-6 October 2021 | NEC Birmingham

Fleet industry needs to play a role in facilitating MaaS, says Leaseurope

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Fleet managers must consider multi-modal transport solutions to facilitate corporate mobility as a service (MaaS) adoption, says Leaseurope.

There needs to be an infrastructure in place for corporate MaaS and fleet managers have a role to play in facilitating the process, said Elisa Falliti, policy advisor of automotive affairs at Leaseurope.

Recent Arval Mobility Observatory (AMO) research revealed that companies are embracing mobility, but drivers resist giving their cars up as new mobility alternatives are failing to make a dent in the appeal of company cars. 

Falliti said: “The private company car will still be there, it's here to stay in the future. But this is an additional concept that the fleet industry is developing and it’s about multi-modality.

“Corporations could maybe free some of their parking spaces to make parking available for electric vehicles or electric bikes.

“The fleet industry needs to play a role here, so they can be the one facilitating this process.”

Falliti said that fleet managers see MaaS as an “abstract concept because it’s not a profitable business model yet”, but the leasing of new modes of transport, such as electric bikes, are becoming increasingly more popular. 

She said: “I see that we are making steps towards real practical implementation of MaaS for the corporate world that can be a profitable business model.

“Leasing and rental companies are implementing MaaS, so it's not something that’s abstract anymore, it's something which is happening, and it's being deployed.”

Leading fleet figures expect MaaS to become widespread in 20 years.

Falliti will be speaking at this year’s Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live on day two of the event (November 18), in it’s new virtual, free-to-attend format, for 2020.

In her session, 'How MaaS will transform business mobility', Falliti will be covering all aspects of how fleets will have to consider multi-modal transport solutions to meet future urban strategies, including the role of fleet managers in the change, how they will have to adapt to the new world and what options are available to them.

Speaking of the event, Falliti said: “Fleet & Mobility Live is a key industry event for the fleet industry for providing fresh news, ideas and hearing from other speakers giving practical advice on how to manage fleets in a more efficient way.

“It’s about all the new trends of the year and this year, we have the situation with coronavirus and mobility has been affected.

“But this doesn't mean that electrification and mobility as a service (MaaS) and new mobility concepts are not present. In the industry, we are still looking at this new phenomenon.”

Edward Ataii, co-head of Mobility 2030 at KPMG, will also be holding a session at the event on Maas opportunities and barriers to adoption in the UK. 

In the session, he will be providing an overview that will provide delegates with a strategic view of the latest developments with business mobility.

Ataii will focus on success stories from the international market and how delegates can expect the market to develop in the UK.

You can register to attend Virtual Fleet & Mobility Live here.

 

This article first appeared in Fleet News, you can read it here.