Interview with Gert-Jan Breij (Managing Director, DKV Euro Service Benelux)
Noordwijkerhout, June 4, 2019. Interview with Gert-Jan Breij (Managing Director, DKV Euro Service Benelux) about alternative fuel, electric mobility and the latest developments in the market.
How does DKV differ from other fuel card providers?
We offer our customers access to the largest supply network in the industry with over 80,000 acceptance points in 42 countries. Whether fuel, tolls, VAT refunds or other vehicle-related services – we provide transporters with everything from a single source. That’s why we can always offer our customers an optimal supply concept tailored to their individual needs, offering them genuine added value in terms of billing and administrative expenses.
A topic that you had on your agenda very early on was the climate-neutral fuel card. With what motivation did you launch them on the market at that time?
How a company deals with CO₂ emissions – business partners are increasingly demanding proof of this. DKV customers can offset 100 percent of their CO₂ emissions with DKV CARD CLIMATE. In return, your fleet is 100 percent CO₂-neutral. The positive eco-balance creates a clear competitive advantage and strengthens a company’s brand. DKV and our compensation partner myclimate offer certification to make this commitment visible to the outside world. This certifies the complete offsetting of CO₂ emissions, because you invest an additional amount per litre in certified climate protection projects.
How has the offer been received by customers?
In a triad of avoidance, reduction and compensation, the DKV CARD CLIMATE is an important tool that is already being used by numerous customers. The size of the fleet is less important than the company’s climate targets. Both corporations and small businesses use the card.
Do alternative fuels such as LNG and electricity also play a role with the climate-neutral fuel card?
We offer our customers access to a network of 15,000 LNG and 1,200 CNG stations throughout Europe. While LPG is used more for light commercial vehicles, LNG is also interesting for heavy commercial vehicles. Due to its high weight, however, LNG is only suitable for longer ranges to a limited extent. Internationally, we offer access to over 27,000 loading points.
Now LNG trucks in particular are becoming increasingly popular with transport companies. Is DKV reacting to this?
We are currently also consistently expanding our LNG network. LNG has a higher energy density than natural gas and thus enables ranges of over 1,000 kilometres. The development of LNG filling stations and the purchase of LNG trucks are also supported by the EU.
Do you see a change in your customers’ use of fossil fuels to LNG? Are you increasingly being asked about this topic?
We are in constant contact with our customers and cooperation partners in order to tailor our supply solutions to the needs of our customers. Even though the topic of electromobility is gaining in importance for heavy commercial vehicles, we assume that filling stations will increasingly become multi-energy hubs in the future, where alternative fuels such as CNG, LNG or hydrogen are increasingly available in addition to electricity.
Electric mobility could also gain in importance, especially in the wake of the new CO2 regulation for trucks, which was just passed in Brussels. How does DKV deal with this?
The demand for user-friendly overall solutions and services for electric fleets will increase significantly in the future, especially among commercial customers. To meet this demand, innogy and DKV have founded Charge4Europe. As part of the future joint venture, we will jointly develop a Europe-wide roaming network of public charging points for electric fleets. In order to be able to offer its customers solutions for loading at home and at work (@home, @work), DKV will also enter into a sales partnership with Innogy in addition to the joint venture. This will enable DKV customers to purchase wall boxes and charging points from DKV, have them installed at home and at work and have them transparently billed by their employer.
How dense is the charging network and are you planning further expansion?
Internationally, we offer access to over 27,000 charging points. By the end of 2019, we will expand our roaming network to around 40,000 charging points.