Eight multi-national corporations, a major airport, and a European utility have committed to converting their fleets over to electric vehicles by 2030.
Announced Tuesday in New York by The Climate Group during Climate Week NYC, the 10 members of “EV100” seek to cut millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year and to curb transport-related air and noise pollution. EV100 members include Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, Metro AG, Pacific Gas & Electric, Unilever, and Vattenfall.
Each of the EV100 members has committed to transitioning its fleet vehicles over from diesel and gasoline vehicles to EVs with a charging infrastructure by 2030. They’ll be issuing timetables for these transitions. They expect the conversion to EVs will reduce fleet costs along with supporting rollouts of new EVs and helping to make them more affordable to consumers.
“We want to make electric transport the new normal,” said Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, a cleantech non-profit organization.
“EV100 will use companies’ collective global buying power and influence on employees and customers to build demand and cut costs. The members being announced today see the business logic in leading a faster transition and addressing local air quality issues in their markets. They are setting a competitive challenge to the auto industry to deliver more EVs, sooner and at lower cost,” Clarkson said.
The Climate Group has been adding new members to two other climate initiatives. RE100 is taking measures to accelerate adoption of renewable energy; EP100 is adding more companies that seek to double their energy productivity.
Germany’s postal service, Deutsche Post DHL Group, added 2,500 Streetscooter electric delivery vans earlier this year. The goal is to reach 4,000 of these vehicles by the end of the year.
Swedish power company Vattenfall earlier this year committed to converting its entire 3,500 vehicles over to EVs in the next five years. The company’s fleet operates passenger and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany.
The utility has invested substantially in wind energy in recent years.
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LeasePlan, a major fleet leasing and management company in the U.S. and Europe, aims to achieve net zero emissions by 2030. The company will be electrifying its own employee fleet by 2021.
“Making the transition to an electric fleet is one of the easiest ways for businesses to help tackle climate change,” said CEO Tex Gunning, LeasePlan’s CEO.
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