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BT pledges to deploy EVs on fleet

BT Group has made a major commitment to deploy electric vehicles on its fleet under the EV100 initiative.

The latest report from BT’s Fleet Solutions shows fleet attitudes to EVs are fast changing

Along with four other major firms, the telecoms giant has signed up to the scheme, which is run by the Climate Group and aims to make electric transport ‘the new normal’ by 2030.

BT, which has a fleet of approximately 34,000 vehicles covering cars to HGVs, aims to convert its vehicles to EVs “where this is the best technical and economic solution and pursue other ultra-low emission solutions where electric vehicles are not viable”.  The announcement comes just three weeks after BT said it was adding EVs to its company car fleet.

Andy Wales, chief digital impact and sustainability officer, BT Group, said: “At BT, we have committed to net zero carbon emissions by 2045. Joining EV100 is an important step to help achieve that goal. We recognise that we are dependent on the right vehicles and charging infrastructure becoming available at scale and being part of the EV100 movement helps drive that change.”

Energy giant E.ON has also signed up to the EV100 initiative and has pledged to switch its entire fleet to electric and install charging stations across 100 office sites for staff, guest and customer to use, building on the 400 charge points already introduced.

Other firms making commitments include German freight giant Schenker AG and Ontario Power Generation of Canada.

The latest pledges build on existing commitments from multinationals to deploy EVs made when the EV100 scheme launched a year ago, including LeasePlan which has said its ambition is to have all its employees driving electric cars by 2021 and added that it would help migrate its customers to EVs as part of its ambition to achieve net zero emissions from the corporate automotive sector by 2030.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.