Five more large companies have joined the EV100 initiative. The BT Group, E.on, DB Schenker, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Genesis Energy have all thus all committed to electrifying their company fleets entirely by 2030.
BT Group, formerly British Telecom, is a company with a fleet of around 34,000 vehicles, including passenger cars and heavy commercial vehicles. Needless to say, the electrification of this fleet is a mammoth task, yet one that will make a difference.
We recently reported that German logistics company DB Schenker is gradually electrify its own fleet of distribution vehicles. However, with the new pledge, the group wants to have electric drives or fuel cell vehicles for their whole fleet of up to 3.5 tons no later than 2030.
E.ON, OPC and Genesis Energy are energy suppliers. Both the German and Canadian suppliers plan to install charging stations at 100 office locations each for the use of their employees, guests and customers as part of their fleet electrification projects. Genesis Energy from New Zealand is encouraging employees to buy electric vehicles by offering them discounts. At the same time, they are decommissioning their combustion vehicles and investing in low-emissions vehicles in its own fleet.
EV100 is a well-known electromobility initiative founded in September 2017 by the non-profit organisation the Climate Group. The founding members include Deutsche Post DHL, Vattenfall, Baidu, Ikea, Metro, NP, LeasePlan, PG&E, Unilever and Heathrow Airport.
In addition, the Climate Group recently launched the ‘Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge’ together with the C40 city alliance. The aim is to “massively accelerate” the adoption of electric vehicles. Initiators include cities like London, New York and Paris as well as industry partners.
The ZEV Challenge addresses carmakers rather than company fleet operators, asking them to scale up production of electric cars and to free money to invest in battery research so prices may decrease faster (we reported).