Major organisations join forces to launch EVzero action group

A league of major organisations, including Tesco, NatWest Group, LeasePlan UK, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and The Environment Agency, have come together to launch EVzero; an industry-leading action group dedicated to accelerating the deployment of electrified fleets.

From the launch of EV100 to the UK’s COP26 zero-emission vehicle goals, industry leaders have set ambitious EV targets and committed to going further and faster. Yet many face obstacles and uncertainties in making real progress and delivering the required assets and infrastructure needed within the coming years.

EVzero enables ambitious leaders to help each other take the next steps forward for their fleet transition, by tackling a critical pinch point in charging infrastructure that is hindering successful EV deployments.
Participants will focus on working together to overcome this costly and risky challenge and develop innovative solutions based around collaborative demand in asset availability, utilisation, finance, and efficiency.

Through the EVzero programme, organisations will:

  • develop a suitable charging infrastructure network to help turn EV strategy into actions
  • reduce risks and costs of deployment by co-developing innovative solutions built through collaborative demand
  • gain access to knowledge, technical support, and data from peers and market experts to ensure success
  • overcome critical challenges that are difficult to resolve alone and deliver real progress that supports ESG performance.

By pooling together immense experience and resources, this powerful group of leaders may finally shake up the EV market enough to crack the code towards a fully net zero future.

Alfonzo Martinez, Managing Director, LeasePlan UK, said: “Making the switch to EVs can feel like a daunting task for businesses and public sector bodies, but with the right support and preparation in place it can be a positive and straight-forward experience. We’re delighted to put our experience of working with organisations of all sizes to ease the transition to good use as part of EVzero group. Together we’re committed to driving real, tangible change.”

Jacqueline Carrington-Fallow, Design Manager, NatWest Group, said: “Developing a suitable charging infrastructure is key to the successful transition to electric vehicles for many organisations’ commercial operations. We are pleased to be working with like-minded organisations to address shared problems and come up with solutions that will help to accelerate the decarbonisation and electrification of our fleet vehicles.”

Tim Golding, UK Property Director, Tesco, said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with our Innovation Gateway EVzero Action Group partners – an initiative that will help its diverse membership identify and overcome the collective challenges they and we face.”

Matt Pumfrey, CEO, Innovation Gateway, said: “Innovation Gateway has a heritage in collaboration and innovation identification, and we are bringing our framework to support the deployment of tangible EV projects. By doing this together, we will reduce risks and costs and develop solutions based around the collective demand of the world’s most ambitious organisations.”

EVzero is launching in Jan 2022, with the first group session scheduled on Thur 27-Jan. Join Tesco, NatWest Group, LeasePlan UK, and more, in tackling these challenges and shaping solutions that will accelerate decarbonisation:

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