23 Mar 22

Global businesses commit 5.5 million vehicles to electric

Global businesses commit 5.5 million vehicles to electric

Major businesses are committing over 5.5 million vehicles to electric and avoiding 86 million tonnes of CO2 by the end of 2030, according to a new report released by international non-profit Climate Group.

These global businesses - including: AstraZeneca, EDF Group and HP Inc. - are all part of a 121-strong membership committed to making electric transport the new normal by 2030. This is being done through Climate Group’s global initiative EV100.

Today’s newly released 2022 EV100 Progress and Insights Report shows they have already put over 209,000 electric vehicles on the road across their fleets and have installed over 20,000 charging points across 3,100 locations in 74 markets.

Sandra Roling, Head of Transport at Climate Group comments:

“Businesses are increasingly viewing a transition to EVs as a necessary step in their drive towards net zero. We need their ambition to be matched by a wider range of governments, auto manufacturers and businesses across the globe. For the EV transition to go further, faster – which it must if we are to limit global temperature rises to no more than 1.5 degrees - charging infrastructure must be built out and manufacturers must expand production and offer a greater variety of EVs. Governments also need to provide clear direction in the form of phase-out dates and ZEV mandates.

Key achievements in international markets:

EU: Commitments across the EU now total over 215,000 vehicles, and 30,300 of these are already in operation.

France: Members have so far committed over 50,000 vehicles to electric. EDF has seen the most significant increase in EV deployment with 1,950 cars over the past year.

UK: The UK leads with the largest number of corporate vehicles committed, at 90,000. The UK also leads the way with committed charging locations at almost 1,000 sites 

Andy Leeden, Global Fleet Manager, AstraZeneca, commented:

“Despite increases in UK public charging infrastructure there remains significant uneven geographical distribution of charging points across the UK. We need to see the acceleration of charging infrastructure deployment to match increasing battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations. This is important to support future widespread BEV adoption for people who do not have access to charging either at home or the workplace."

Electrification and sustainability are key topics that will be discussed at the 2022 Global Fleet Conference in Estoril, Portugal, 2-4th May. There’s still time to book you place.

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Authored by: Alison Pittaway