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LeasePlan and partners launch ‘Global ChargeUpNow Initiative’

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LeasePlan, together with smart charging partner PowerD, today launched 'ChargeUpNow', a global initiative calling on local and national policymakers to implement five specific policy recommendations to ensure a universal, affordable and sustainable charging infrastructure.
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The new initiative comes ahead of Climate Week NYC and the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

ChargeUpNow’s five policy recommendations are:

To kick off the Global ChargeUpNow Initiative, a petition has been created on, advocating for the implementation of all five ChargeUpNow policy recommendations. The petition is targeted at international and national governments and can be accessed at

**Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said: ** “Drivers are fed up with government inaction on EV charging infrastructure. This is a major roadblock holding back the mass adoption of EVs, which are crucial to fighting climate change and improving air quality in our towns and cities. That’s why we are launching our Global ChargeUpNow Initiative. Together, we want to give a clear and direct message to national and local policymakers about the urgent need for a universal, affordable and sustainable EV charging infrastructure. The solutions already exist – all that is missing is action from policymakers.” Sandra Roling, Head of EV100, said: “Easily available charging infrastructure is crucial for taking electro-mobility to scale. It is great to see our EV100 members not only making EVs a reality in their own operations, but engaging with their wider networks to drive change for everyone.” **

Pieter Willems, founder of PowerD, said: ** “Facilitating EV charging contributes to much more than just reducing the number of petrol-powered cars on the road. Electric vehicles can accelerate the share of renewable electricity in the overall energy production by storing the excess electricity from wind and solar power at moments when energy demand is low, and avoid taking in energy during peak times when electricity is sourced from fossil power plants. EVs can even deliver energy back to homes during the evenings, reducing the overall need for fossil energy. Governments should gear up with creating charging infrastructure to unlock the bigger potential of smart electric mobility.”

Filippo Veglio, Managing Director for Outreach & Mobility, WBCSD, said:

“A tailored and connected fast-charging infrastructure offers a clear path toward electric vehicle adoption at scale. To succeed in developing a seamless charging infrastructure that allows us to seize all the benefits of electric mobility, we need collaboration across sectors. The Global ChargeUpNow Initiative is a great opportunity for businesses to engage in a dialogue with policymakers, accelerate the clean energy transition and reduce emissions.”

Published at September 23, 2020
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September 23, 2020
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