Nov 4, 2021 - 06:38 pm

SAP says all company cars will be emission-free by 2030

German software company SAP has announced that employees entitled to a company car will order only electric vehicles from 1 January 2025. SAP also plans to electrify its entire fleet, which includes some 27,000 vehicles, by 2030.

As SAP points out in the announcement (deliberately released in the context of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow), the fleet’s fuel consumption accounts for a large share of direct emissions. “To achieve our own ambitious climate targets, it is necessary to reduce fleet emissions and eliminate them in the medium term,” SAP SE said in the release.

Incidentally, the company car regulation from 2025 does not explicitly concern electric cars but “vehicles with zero-emission drive systems.” In a footnote, however, the Group itself adds that zero-emission vehicles are understood to mean vehicles “that do not emit exhaust gas or other pollutants from the onboard source of power”. At present, this is only possible with electric drives, not with combustion engines that run on synthetic and balance-neutral CO2 fuels.

The target year of 2030 for the conversion of the fleet mentioned at the beginning is not included in the Group’s communication. However, the “Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung”,, i.e. the local newspaper at the company’s headquarters in Walldorf, mentions this figure, citing a company spokesperson.

SAP introduced electric cars in 2010, and they currently account for almost 20 per cent of its fleet. By the time only e-vehicles can be ordered from 2025, the company says it will have introduced several incentives to get more electric vehicles into the fleet. For example, SAP cites financial support for charging at home, which employees pay “in some countries.” But the company is also pushing to expand its own charging infrastructure “to meet the growing demand for charging.”

“Climate protection is one of the most urgent challenges worldwide. It is our claim to be part of the solution. Our fleet is an important adjusting screw in this regard,” says Luka Mucic, SAP CFO. “In addition, we want to support our customers in the best possible way so that they too can achieve their climate goals. That’s why we are consistently expanding our portfolio of sustainability solutions.”

SAP further states that it is testing a mobility budget as an alternative to company cars in a Germany-wide pilot project. Employees can use a certain monthly budget for various means of transportation – for example, bicycles, e-scooters, car sharing, or rental cars in addition to buses and trains.

With reporting by Sebastian Schaal, Germany.

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