EV100, a new global business initiative designed to accelerate acceptance of Electric Vehicles (EV) and its infrastructure, was launched today in New York by The Climate Group as business and government leaders gather for Climate Week. This is the only initiative of its kind to encourage global business commitment to electric transport, with members committing to transition their petrol and diesel fleets to electric vehicle fleets by 2030. LeasePlan is one of the 10 founding members of EV100. The other EV100 partners are Unilever, Baidu, IKEA Group, HP Inc., Vattenfall, PG&E, Deutsche Post DHL and Metro AG. LeasePlan is the only automotive industry company to join the initiative.
Tex Gunning, LeasePlan Group CEO, commented: “Electric vehicles are What’s next. We’re delighted to become founding members of the EV100 initiative and to work with some of the world’s largest companies on speeding up and facilitating the switch to electric mobility. Together, we can have a significant impact: over half the cars on the road today belong to companies. We’re also very proud to announce that LeasePlan’s own employee fleet will be going electric, making us the first major leasing company to make the switch. Our ambition is to have all our employees driving electric cars by 2021. We encourage other companies to do the same: making the transition to an electric fleet is one of the easiest ways for businesses to lower their emissions and to help tackle climate change. LeasePlan is fully committed to facilitating other companies who would like to make that shift”.