LeasePlan Netherlands has embarked on a decisive strategy to transition its entire employee fleet to EVs as fast as possible, and well ahead of LeasePlan’s 2021 goal.

In less than two years, EVs already account for nearly 90% of its employee fleet, an achievement the team are hugely proud of.

"We understood that if we wanted our customers to start their EV journeys, then we had to set a strong example ourselves,” explains Erik Henstra, Managing Director of LeasePlan Netherlands. “So we decided to accelerate our transition as much as possible. As the largest leasing company in the Netherlands, we also feel it's our responsibility to show the way forward."

Their strategy has involved the rapid phasing out of new non-EV orders, and large-scale changes to the mobility policy. Car categories and terms were also adjusted to give employees a wide selection of EV models to choose from, while home chargers were installed at employee homes wherever possible, and more were made available at local offices.

The transition was not without its challenges, and not all employees were initially supportive. LeasePlan went to great lengths to provide support and greater comfort levels, especially to those whose work required them to travel long distances by car.

Erik believes the transition has been an invaluable experience that helps LeasePlan Netherlands to advise customers on their own EV plans. Looking ahead to its 100% EV future, LeasePlan Netherlands has begun plans to bring leased e-bikes to the market in 2020.

Picture of Netherlands walks the talk in EV transition

A big part of LeasePlan Netherland’s employee transition strategy has been to make more charging facilities available at local offices.

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