Ten multinationals swear allegiance to electric car
Ten large multinationals among which names like Unilever, Ikea and LeasePlan have sworn allegiance to the electric car, committing themselves to have their staff drive 100% electric by 2030 and having 50% of small trucks between 3,5 and 7,5 tons electric too. They also promise to invest in electric infrastructure.
The announcement comes within the framework of the Climate Week, held in New York. The EV100 pact is signed by US computer maker HP, German Deutsche Post, Heathrow Airport, Swedish Ikea and Vattenfall, Unilever, LeasePlan, Chinese Baidu, Californian gas and electricity supplier PG&E and German retail group Metro.
Already in 2021
Some companies, the Swedish state owned energy company Vattenfall and car rental giant LeasePlan, are aiming at 2021 to have their employees ‘electrified’. LeasePlan is the first large fleet managing company announcing it will replace its own company car fleet by electric cars.
“Our ambition is to have all our employees driving electric by 2021”, says CEO Tex Gunning in a press release. “And we encourage other companies to do the same”. LeasePlan says to be ready to help them in the conversion. “It is the most simple way for companies to reduce their emissions and fight climate change”.