SwitchMyFleet wins technical excellence award

In News2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineMay 27, 2022

Critchlow Geospatial has been named winner of the SIBA|GITA Award for Technical Excellence for their SwitchMyFleet online evaluation tool at the 2022 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards are conducted regionally across Asia-Pacific and are a long-standing premier awards programme with a diverse range of private, public and academic sector organisations all vying for these prestigious honours annually.

SwitchMyFleet is a free online evaluation tool for businesses considering switching their commercial vehicle fleet to electric power. Combining the physics of moving vehicles, New Zealand geospatial data and route optimisation algorithms, SwitchMyFleet balances time, distance and energy use. It was specifically developed to overcome the immense informational complexity challenges that commercial fleet operators face when planning the transition to electric with a simple, easy-to-use interface.

Critchlow Geospatial said with the release of the Government’s Emission Reduction plan last week highlighting the critical importance of reducing transport emissions, it’s a timely win and reminder of how innovation will be a key driver of success in reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

SwitchMyFleet and Critchlow Geospatial was also named the global winner of the Location-Based Services category at the Geospatial World Innovation Awards 2021 and winner of the Technical Excellence category at the New Zealand Spatial Excellence Awards held in Wellington in February 2022.

“Personally, I’m thrilled that the efforts of our team have been recognised once again with this international award,” said Critchlow Group’s managing director, Steve Critchlow.

“When we designed SwitchMyFleet, we did so with a clear view to helping NZ fleet operators ‘right size’ their EV fleets to make the path to transition from internal combustion engines easier, but we also knew that there was huge potential in bringing a successful solution to international markets as well,” he said.

“It also perfectly highlights and showcases the kind of innovative thinking and solutions that Critchlow Geospatial can provide when it comes to preparing for our low carbon future.”