FLEETCOR® UK, a leading global business payments company, has acquired Mina, a cloud-based digital electric vehicle (EV) re-charging software platform. After a successful investment and two-year partnership, the acquisition provides Allstar’s parent company with the market-leading home charging software company for commercial fleets in the UK and reinforces its commitment to supporting the transition to electric vehicles.
The acquisition gives Allstar the UK’s only electric vehicle re-charging solution that captures, calculates and pays for at-home business-use charging directly to the energy provider, Mina HomeCharge. Also branded as Allstar Homecharge, the solution allows commercial fleets to replace cumbersome employee reimbursement processes for at-home electric car re-charging with a more accurate, controlled and streamlined alternative for employers and employees.
Combined with Allstar’s market-leading on-the-road electric vehicle charging capabilities, fleet managers now have access to a comprehensive suite of turnkey EV charging solutions that will help effectively manage their transition to EV.
The deal follows FLEETCOR’s recent acquisition of Plugsurfing and investment in Zap-Map. Both complement the extensive on-the-road fuel and electric vehicle network built by Allstar across the UK. In addition, Allstar continues to invest significantly in building out products and capabilities that not only help fleets move to electric vehicles but also solve the complexities associated with managing mixed fleets.
Alan King, Group President, Global Fleet at FLEETCOR, said: “Our goal is to provide companies of all sizes with a better way to pay. In the fleet space specifically, this acquisition means that our customers can now benefit from a full suite of comprehensive payment and reporting solutions for on-the-road and at-home charging regardless of whether they operate ICE, EV or mixed fleets.”
Tom Rowlands, Global MD of EV solutions at FLEETCOR, said: “After working closely together with Mina for two years and seeing first-hand how the solution makes home charging simple, fair and secure for both employees and companies that operate some of the largest fleets in the UK, I am excited to officially welcome the Mina team to FLEETCOR.
“Unifying Mina with FLEETCOR enables us to roll out this market-leading home charging solution more easily and quickly, not just in the UK, but also take it to other geographies.”
Ashley Tate, Mina co-found and CEO, said: “In less than three years we’ve seen Mina grow from an idea to enabling some of the largest fleets in the UK to transition to EV.
“None of this would have been possible without the support from FLEETCOR, who have believed and invested in Mina since we first came under their radar back in 2021. I’m extremely excited to continue this journey with the FLEETCOR team.”
Back at the start of the year, Mina released its Autumn 22 Report which revealed electric vehicles are cheaper to charge than critics claim. According to Mina, the report showed that those motorists who could charge at home saw real-life costs rise by only 4p per kWh since the end of last summer to an average of 30p per kWh.