Capgemini Partners with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund to Help City Prepare for Electric Vehicles

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced its partnership with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) to help advance the deployment of zero emission electric vehicles with lithium ion batteries in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Working with TAF’s FleetWise EV300 program, which is designed to assist public and private fleets with the procurement and intelligent deployment of electric vehicles, Capgemini will look specifically at the implications for the GTA’s electricity grid of increased electric vehicle connection and charging.

The FleetWise EV300 program is focused on fleets, as these owners of high-mileage vehicles have a strong motivation and capacity to adopt leading-edge vehicle technology. The program delivers a collaborative approach to purchasing, education and assessment of electric vehicles specifically for fleet operators. Capgemini will provide an important knowledge component for the growing number of FleetWise EV300 participants through its assessment and monitoring of grid infrastructure issues.

‘Capgemini was the logical choice to support this bold program given its deep relationships with our utility partners, a hybrid fleet of its own, and a proof-of-concept vehicle-to-grid EV smart charging system,’ said Ben Marans, program director, FleetWise. ‘With Capgemini’s guidance, all the cars in this project will be monitored for driver behavior, charging infrastructure requirements, and performance under winter and summer driving conditions, so that we can adequately prepare for the day when there are thousands of electric vehicles on Toronto’s roads.’

‘The Toronto Atmospheric Fund has developed an ambitious, market-transforming initiative with FleetWise EV300,’ said David DuCharme, vice president, Smart Energy Services, Capgemini. ‘This project will not only allow Toronto to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but will provide other communities with a blueprint on how to prepare for the continued influx of Electric Cars, and the demands they will place on the electric grid.’

The FleetWise EV300 initiative has already assisted in placing a number of EVs on the road in the Toronto area. FleetWise EV300 partners will be able to exchange information and experiences, while a working group will analyze data gathered through the initiative and make recommendations for what the city and utilities can do to prepare for a greater penetration of EVs in the GTA.

The Toronto Atmospheric Fund is a leader in developing cutting-edge climate solutions. TAF turns ideas into action, nurtures new approaches, and clears the way for the wider adoption of critically needed new programs, policies and technologies. TAF uses its own endowment to support community and City actions that will help Toronto reach its ambitious climate targets. For almost 20 years, TAF has helped make Toronto an international climate leader.

Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, enables its clients to transform and perform through technologies. Capgemini provides its clients with insights and capabilities that boost their freedom to achieve superior results through a unique way of working, the Collaborative Business ExperienceTM. The Group relies on its global delivery model called Rightshore, which aims to get the right balance of the best talent from multiple locations, working as one team to create and deliver the optimum solution for clients. Present in more than 35 countries, Capgemini reported 2009 global revenues of EUR 8.4 billion (approximately USD $11.6 billion) and employs over 100,000 people worldwide.