Multinationals launch global program to speed up switch to electric vehicles

A new business campaign designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) and infrastructure was launched by The Climate Group at a unique event in New York, as business and government leaders gather at Climate Week NYC.

Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, METRO AG, PG&E, Unilever, Vattenfall are the 10 first members of EV100, the only initiative of its kind to encourage global business commitments on electric transport, with members swapping their large diesel/petrol vehicle fleets to electric vehicle fleets and/or installing electric battery charging infrastructure by 2030.

 

EV100 is being launched at a time when the transport sector is the fastest-growing global contributor to climate change, with businesses owning a significant portion of all registered vehicles on the roads. EV100 will draw on business leadership to accelerate the shift to electric transport and help to make electric vehicles “the new normal” by 2030.

EV100 will use companies’ collective global buying power and influence on employees and customers to build demand and cut costs. The members 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.

Together, EV100 members will send a strong market signal that there is mass demand for electric vehicles by 2030 or before, well ahead of current forecasts for global uptake. By setting out their future EV purchasing requirements on an ambitions timescale, these big purchasers can drive mass roll-out, reduce costs, and make electric cars more rapidly affordable for everyone around the world.

Companies joining EV100 make a public commitment to fast-track EV uptake in one or more of the following four commitment areas by 2030:

Transitioning vehicle use to EVs
1. Integrating electric vehicles directly into owned or leased corporate fleets:
– 100% of vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes to be EV.
– 50% of vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes to be EV.

2. Placing requirements in service contracts for electric vehicle usage:
– Daily rental.
– Contracted taxi providers.
– Car sharing.

Installing adequate charging infrastructure
3. Supporting staff to use electric vehicles (by installing workplace charging infrastructure):
– Appropriate set of charging infrastructure installed at all relevant premises.
– Dedicated information and awareness program / appropriate incentive schemes to promote EV usage and reduce the cost of switching to an electric vehicle.

4. Supporting electric vehicle uptake by customers (by installing customer charging infrastructure):
– Appropriate set of charging infrastructure installed at all relevant premises.
– Dedicated customer engagement program to promote EV usage.