LeasePlan signs up to EV100 initiative and speeds up transition to electric mobility
The LeasePlan Group, a leader in fleet management and mobility solutions, announced today at the UN General Assembly in New York that it will become a founding member of the EV100, a major new global transport initiative designed to accelerate the acceptance of electric vehicles by companies. LeasePlan has also announced that by 2021 it will transition its own fleet of employees to electric cars - the first major fleet management company to do so.
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”.
Today’s announcement marks another milestone in LeasePlan’s sustainability strategy, which aims to achieve net zero emissions from its total fleet by 2030. Key elements in the strategy include educating customers on What’s next in low-emission vehicles; facilitating the uptake of low-emission vehicles with attractive customer propositions developed by the LeasePlan Electric Vehicle Experience Centre; leading the development of a sophisticated second-hand car market of well-maintained, high-quality lease vehicles; and transitioning LeasePlan’s own employee fleet to an electric vehicle fleet by 2021.