Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has contracted Enel X to provide charging infrastructure for the electrification of its corporate fleet in the top 15 markets in Europe and the Americas.
Enel X will provide Vestas with its cloud-based charging platform solution and 370 chargers to support the fleet electrification. The order contains Enel’s JuiceBoxes, enabling mobile e-vehicle charging, and JuicePoles, that can charge two vehicles at the same time through an RFI card or app.
The collaboration with Enel X is a crucial step in Vestas’ plan to phase out internal combustion vehicles by 2025; only the partners did not disclose the actual size of the fleet. The plan to electrify first made the headline in May; the company then said it would introduce pilots in several markets throughout 2020 and had put EVs in operation in the Fujian Province in January. The company estimates that if they would replace all Vestas service vehicles with EVs, the annual reduction in CO2 emissions could amount to 35,000 tonnes of CO2.
Vestas has also committed to operating in a carbon-neutral manner by 2030 and without the aid of offsets.
“If we are to succeed with the energy transition across a global scale, industry leaders have a duty to implement the change we want to see,” said Anders Nielsen, Chief Technology Officer at Vestas. He also stressed the connection between renewables and transport as crucial. “By joining forces with Enel X, we can proudly demonstrate this process of deployment across our own global footprint, and help pave the way for a more sustainable future.”
Beyond building charging infrastructure at Vestas in said 15 markets, the two companies also plan to work together on innovative solutions for the energy transition. Cooperation in the areas of e-mobility, grid integration and sector coupling are being discussed.
Vestas says it has installed more than 122 GW of wind turbines in 82 countries in recent years, with more than 108 GW currently in operation. The Denmark-based company has more than 25,500 employees worldwide.