The aim of the ZEV Challenge is to bring together states, regions, cities, businesses and NGOs to send a clear signal to the automotive industry of the increasing demand for electric vehicles (EVs). Partners will also develop and advocate policies and solutions that will spark mass adoption of EVs.
The Challenge was launched in New York to coincide with the final Formula E race of the season, held in Brooklyn. Founding partners include LeasePlan, Unilever, EDF Energy, The State of California and New York City.
Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group: “Transport is a significant and growing contributor to climate change. Today, we’re challenging automotive manufacturers to work with all stakeholder groups – states, regions, cities, businesses and NGOs like ours – to accelerate the zero emissions mobility revolution and make electric transport the norm. With 1.8 million vehicles on the road, it’s great that LeasePlan is stepping up to the ZEV Challenge.
As a founding partner of the ZEV Challenge, LeasePlan commits to using its policy influence and customer relationships to accelerate the adoption of EVs among some of the world’s largest businesses. Over half the cars on the road today belong to companies making corporate fleets a natural starting point for the transition to EVs.
With 1.8 million vehicles on the road, LeasePlan is taking a leadership role in the transition from the internal combustion engine to alternative power trains, targeting net zero emissions by 2030. The company also aims to transition its employee fleet to electric vehicles by 2021.
Tex Gunning, CEO LeasePlan**: "Although we’re seeing the appetite for EVs rise every day, the vehicles, infrastructure or policies to meet this demand aren’t there yet. We’re therefore delighted to join the global ZEV Challenge and work with the industry to make zero emission mobility a reality. Starting electric can be one of the easiest ways to tackle climate change, but only if everyone rises to the ZEV Challenge."