Climate group demands EU-wide zero-emission vehicle rule.

The coveted EV100 and EV100+ programmes by the non-profit Climate Group have made a resounding call for an EU-wide mandate that unequivocally establishes zero-emission targets for corporate fleets.

This significant move, supported by 18 industry-leading companies such as E.On Drive, Geopost, and IKEA, covers light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles. It proposes that setting zero-emission targets for corporate fleets comprising cars, vans, and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles will play a pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of zero-emission vehicles throughout Europe.

In a crafted letter addressed to the European Commission, the group urges for a well-defined and effectively implemented mandate that will not only solidify the EU’s position as a key market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) but also provide a definitive direction for all EU fleet owners and operators to invest in ZEVs. The group also emphasises that the investment made by major corporations will subsequently stimulate the second-hand market for ZEVs in the future.

It is worth noting that the EV100 members have already made a commitment to transition their entire fleets to electric vehicles by 2030, whereas the EV100+ members are directing their investments towards zero-emission technologies for heavier trucks.

Dominic Phinn, the Head of Transport at Climate Group, expressed his perspective by stating, “A corporate fleet mandate encompassing all types of vehicles is an essential tool that the EU must utilise to significantly reduce emissions.”

He further added, “The adoption of crucial regulations at the EU level, including the Regulation on CO2 emissions standards for cars, vans, and MHDVs, as well as the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), are welcomed by the EV100 and EV100+ members. These regulations, in conjunction with a fleet mandate, will ensure the availability of ZEVs and the consistent rollout of charging infrastructure across the EU.”

E.On Drive’s CEO, Davide Villa, echoed the sentiment by highlighting, “Implementing a mandate for decarbonising transportation is paramount for attaining our climate objectives and securing a sustainable future. Such a mandate equips businesses with the requisite certainty to invest in infrastructure and electric fleets today, thereby laying the foundation for a significant reduction in emissions.”

Similarly, Jean-Claude Sonet, the EVP in charge of Marketing, Communications & Sustainability at Geopost, underlined the importance of measures aimed at expediting the decarbonisation of corporate fleets. He stressed the need for these measures to be executed fairly and complemented by appropriate supply-side measures and enabling infrastructure to facilitate the transition of the road transport sector.

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