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SEV acquisition to accelerate BT Fleet plans for comprehensive SMR solution

BT Fleet has acquired mobile vehicle maintenance and servicing business SEV Automotive as it pushes ahead with plans to provide a complete service, maintenance and repair (SMR) to new and existing customers.

SEV van outside BT Fleet location
BT Fleet will add SEV’s capabilities to its network of 64 garage locations across the country to help accelerate its plans to provide comprehensive SMR.

The acquisition, made for an undisclosed amount, will add mobile SMR services to BT’s network of 64 garage locations across the country.

The current SEV business was established by managing director Geoff Allison in 2014 following an MBO from the ‘Smith Electric Vehicle’ European division and has a team of more than 40 mobile engineers and its own call centre co-ordinators, providing work to both private and commercial vehicle fleets.

Under the deal, a total of 60 employees from SEV will become part of the wider BT Fleet team. Geoff Allison will become mobile operations director on the BT Fleet leadership team, working into managing director Henry Brace.

BT Fleet said the addition of mobile SMR services to its existing fixed offering will enable customers to opt for the convenience of having their vehicles maintained and serviced on their own premises or at one of BT Fleet’s garages, providing choice and helping minimise downtime and deliver cost efficiencies.

Gerry McQuade, CEO, BT Wholesale and Ventures, said: “This is an important acquisition for BT Fleet, as it allows us to deliver an even better customer experience by offering greater flexibility and convenience around how and where their vehicles are maintained and serviced. SEV’s position in the marketplace makes it the natural choice of partner as we look to combine the strength of our fixed garage network with a fully mobile team of technicians. I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to everyone from SEV; together, we have a strong and exciting future.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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