14 May 2021

With the 2030 ban of new sales of petrol and diesel cars on the horizon, many businesses have taken it into their own hands to get a head start on preparation for the EV revolution. There has been a major rise in production numbers of EVs in the last year and sales have never been higher than they are now. Many companies are starting to play their part by trading in their petrol fleets for electric vehicles.

Read on to see which companies have made their mark on the beginning of an EV future. 

Amazon

Arguably the biggest online retailer, Amazon, have already made their first steps towards a fully electric future. They have partnered with electric car manufacturer Rivian, and first revealed an electric delivery van in 2020 which is now making deliveries. The e-commerce giant has recently ordered 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from their EV provider, so we can expect to see a lot more of their drivers using the electric fleet in the coming years. Amazon have pledged to be zero net carbon by 2040, so they have made a great start to this campaign by switching to an EV fleet.

Europcar

Europcar began their EV journey back in 2016, introducing 55 fully electric cars to their French fleet. Later, they introduced 85 EVs to their UK fleet. Now in 2021, a large percentage of the cars available for hire are fully electric, allowing drivers access to the affordable EV solutions that are a major consideration to those requiring vehicles for hire.

British Gas

One of the largest energy providers in the country, British Gas, have recently announced their intentions of electrifying their entire fleet by 2025. Earlier this year, British Gas had announced their plan to switch to a fully electric fleet by 2030 but those plans were brought forward 5 years after they secured the UK’s largest commercial order of electric vehicles with Vauxhall.

Chris O’Shea, Chief Executive of parent company Centrica, stated: “Everyone needs to act now to lower carbon emissions and help the UK reach net zero. We are leading from the front by not only lowering emissions for our customers and our communities, but by lowering our own emissions, and by increasing the speed at which we do this. Fully electrifying our fleet will make a big difference.”

British Gas have further committed to an electric future by planning to install chargers at all engineers homes and the company is currently increasing their EV engineer workforce.

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Why should I switch my fleet to electric?

These are just three examples out of a multitude of companies who have already made the transition to an electric fleet. But why is there such a rush to become fully electric? What are the benefits for your company?

Reduced cost and savings

By switching your fleet to electric you will see significant long-term savings. This is due to cheaper running costs compared to petrol and diesel vehicles, including not paying road tax on any of your pure electric fleet.

Become a net-zero business

By making the commitment to transitioning to an electric fleet, you are taking a proactive approach to becoming a net-zero company. We all know the benefits of building a sustainable future but making the switch also shows your customers and employees that you care about reducing emissions.

Leading by example

The fact you have made the commitment to ditching outdated petrol and diesel vehicles in  favour of modern electric vehicles shows you care about the future, and you can encourage your staff to do the same! By offering your staff incentives to go electric, you can lead the way into a fully electric future.

To get started on your EV journey, find out how we can help you with the transition to an electric fleet.

 

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