16 Sep 20

ABB to convert 500 company cars to EVs

Global technology giant ABB is transitioning its 500-strong UK company car fleet to electric vehicles by 2025 as the first step of an international fleet programme.

The company made the commitment on World EV day as part of its net zero commitments. In 2019, ABB’s business mileage in the UK was its second-highest contributor to its carbon footprint, as its fleet covered 6.8 million business miles (10.9m km).

David Hughes, ABB UK country managing director said: "With over 500 cars in our vehicle fleet this is a substantial investment and commitment to sustainable future.”

Shrink carbon footprint

ABB estimates that once the transition to EVs is complete, the zero emission fleet will shrink the company’s UK carbon footprint by 20%.

Craig Prendergast, ABB country HR manager (pictured above), said: "The move to electric vehicles is only part of our solution as we permanently look to reduce travel and embrace the digital world. Coronavirus may have temporarily changed the way we work but we can already see that our digital offerings, coupled with remote factory acceptance testing, are changing the way we interact with our customers and provide the best solutions.”

International plans

ABB describes the UK fleet electrification as a ‘pilot programme’ and says other countries including the Netherlands are set to follow. The company has operations in more than 100 countries, and as a businesshas sold more than 14,000 DC fast chargers across more than 80 countries. It is also the headline sponsor of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship – the all-electric motor racing series.


Photo: ABB

Authored by: Jonathan Manning