Huge fleet orders for electric vans expected in the coming years.
AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical company, recently joined the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative to switch its vehicle fleet to electric.
The plan is to replace around 16,000 cars with electric counterparts by 2030. The first step is 808 by 2019:
- 120 EVs in the UK (23% of UK fleet)
- 213 in Spain (35% of Spanish fleet)
- 245 in France (over 50% of French fleet)
- 230 in Scandinavia (over 50% of Scandinavian fleet)
Declaration of electrification gives us glimpses of what to expect in the next decade.
AstraZeneca and other companies related to health will probably be among the first to go all-electric.
“The Climate Group has announced today that global pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca will join its business leadership initiative on electric vehicles, EV100. AstraZeneca is setting new standards for industry leadership on tackling air pollution and climate change by announcing a switch of its 16,000 strong vehicle fleet to electric to limit the health impacts of air pollution across the globe.
The company, which is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with major corporate sites in the US and Sweden, is the first pharmaceutical company to join the EV100 initiative by The Climate Group, the international non-profit accelerating climate action.”
Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said:
“When a pharmaceutical company says we need to go electric to help everyone breathe clean air, every business with a fleet needs to listen. This is great example of a company addressing the global climate and air pollution crisis. As the first global healthcare company to flip its fleet through EV100, and the 50th large business to do so, AstraZeneca is setting a new benchmark in the drive to electric vehicles.”
Katarina Ageborg, EVP, Sustainability and Chief Compliance Officer, AstraZeneca, said:
“Recognising the link between a healthy environment and human health, we believe that by investing in electric vehicles and emissions-reduction initiatives, we can help reduce the burden of respiratory diseases and other air pollution-related conditions. Environmental stewardship will prevent disease as well as protect the planet for future generations.
“Sustainable business is about addressing the impact of our activities on both the planet and on people’s health and this needs to be a joint effort. We should all work together in partnership on climate action.”
Source: Green Car Congress
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