Courtesy of NextEra Energy Close Authorship Solar panels operated by NextEra Energy The world’s biggest investor-owned clean energy provider sees promise in helping its customers adopt electric vehicles. Clean electricity giant NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, announced Tuesday that it’s acquired a small Oakland, California-based startup called eIQ Mobility. The startup has built a business around using data and software to enable clients, such as utilities, to make decisions about what electric trucks and cars to buy, and how to build and manage EV charging infrastructure. The companies didn’t release terms of the deal. Only two years old, elQ Mobility previously raised a seed round of funding from Schneider Electric’s venture arm. The deal highlights the growing market for companies, utilities, cities and government agencies to convert their fleets to electric vehicles in an effort to meet sustainability goals, adhere to regulations and in certain cases reduce operating costs by eliminating diesel use. (See GreenBiz’s Top 25 Most Sustainable Fleets ). "In the course of us doing our research, it became clear how complicated fleet buying decisions are and customers need to tackle this in a holistic way. We needed a tool to help customers make […]

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