Report shows 400,000 EVs in leading business fleets

More than 400,000 EVs are already being operated by firms involved in the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative, a new report has shown.

The number is up 93% in 12 months and shows EV100 members are accelerating their transition to electric fleets. By 2030, those involved in the initiative will have collectively moved 5.75 million vehicles to electric.

The updated progress report shows the EV100 network has also rolled out more than 30,000 individual charging units across 72 global markets with installation plans for more than 6,000 sites by the end of the decade.

The study also said that support from policymakers – especially phase-out dates for petrol and diesel vehicles, as well as zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandates and CO2 standards – would allow businesses to invest in EVs with more confidence and clarity.

In its fifth year, EV100 has grown from 10 businesses in 2017 to a group of 127 in 100 global markets. The Climate Group recently also announced a new EV100+ commitment focused on medium- and heavy-duty vehicles larger than 7.5 tonnes.

Sandra Roling, Director of Transport of Climate Group: “Our members are taking action today to take polluting petrol and diesel vehicles off the road, almost doubling the number of EVs within their combined fleets in last 12 months. It’s great, too, to see them roll-out charging stations at their premises and invest in the wider infrastructure that will make electric road transport the new reality for all.”

“More and more businesses are viewing a transition to EVs as a necessary part of their sustainability drive and EV100 members are at the cutting edge of this transition. We need their ambition to be matched by governments, carmakers and businesses across the globe. To limit global temperature rises to no more than 1.5 degrees, far more vehicles need to switch to electric. To support this, charging infrastructure must be built out rapidly and manufacturers must expand the volume and variety of vehicles on the market. Governments need to provide clear direction in the form of phase-out dates, supported by measures such as ZEV mandates and CO2 standards.

“Our Progress and Insights Report launched today is clear – EV100 members are taking bold steps now to increase the number of EVs on the road. It shows businesses can really shift the needle when they put their collective weight behind it, and make sure the transition to electric is as swift as possible.”

Stefan Kurz, Head of Global Fleet Management at Siemens AG, adds: “Sustainability is a top priority at Siemens. Therefore, we’ve committed ourselves to fully electrify our fleet till 2030 by joining the EV100 initiative. To further accelerate the EV transition, we incentivize home charging, offer free charging at Siemens locations, and track CO2 emissions to constantly reduce our carbon footprint.”

Nick Williams, managing director, Transport, Lloyds Banking Group, adds: “2022 saw further acceleration on the road to net zero. The rise in EV registrations is positive news against the challenges that the industry is facing with continued supply chain issues constraining new models coming to market.

“If we want the UK to truly lead the way in EV ownership, removing the barriers to convert to new electric vehicles must be a priority focus for both government and industry moving forward.  Increased accessibility and availability of charge points in towns and cities right across the UK will be essential, alongside affordable charging units and tariffs at home. Support beyond 2023 is required for a fairer road taxation system that incentivises on removing the older, more polluting vehicles from the UK’s roads, while also supporting demand in the growing second-hand EV market.”

Anjalli Ravi Kumar, Chief Sustainability Officer, Zomato, adds: “Zomato is proud to have been an early adopter of the EV100 pledge. We firmly believe that EVs can transform our business into one that’s green, safe, inclusive while enhancing livelihoods for our delivery partners. We are grateful to be working with nearly 20 start-ups and clean mobility firms that have helped thousands of our partners access EVs at affordable rates to undertake deliveries across 43 Indian cities.

“We ask that state and local governments support an orderly transition to high quality and safe EVs through policies that a) favour the development of a reliable and dense battery swapping and charging network b) overcome the hurdles of access to finance for delivery partners and c) ensure all players meet rigorous safety standards.”

Kathy Alsegaf, Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Deloitte, adds: “Deloitte’s commitment as a ‘triple-joiner’ of the Climate Group’s RE100, EP100, and EV100 campaigns is an example of our efforts in action to hold ourselves accountable and drive responsible climate choices within our organization and beyond. As of 2022, we have converted nearly 25% of our fleet to electric vehicles, marking an important milestone in our commitment to convert 100% of our global fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles by 2030. To continue driving progress, we must work across industries and governments to speed EV adoption in global markets by working to improve supply chain surety, solve for EV delivery delays, fast-track charging infrastructure development, and combat perceptions of technological limitations.”

Susumu Yoneoka, Senior Manager (Energy Planning), Technology Planning Department, NTT Corporation, added: “In 2018, NTT became the first telecommunications operator in the world to join the EP100 and EV100 initiatives. To support a sustainable society, the NTT Group has reduced its corporate fleet and converted internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV) into electric vehicles (EV). In addition, we have been installing EV charging stations at our telecommunications and office buildings, providing and developing smart charging services on our own. To address the challenges of EV adoption, we are taking initiative with our partners to find solutions. Through these initiatives in terms of sustainability, we are striving to promote the development and growth of the NTT Group and to contribute to Japanese society and global society.”

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