More companies join new alliance to accelerate transition to electric vehicles
Ceres, a sustainability nonprofit organization, announced the launch of a new alliance to help companies accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
The goal of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is to help member companies achieve fleet electrification. Part of the aim is to boost the electric vehicle market by signaling the breadth and scale of corporate demand for electric vehicles—expanding the business case for the production of a more diverse array of electric vehicle models. The alliance says it will also provide a platform to coordinate support for policies that enable fleet electrification.
“The climate crisis demands we decarbonize transportation—the highest-emitting sector in the U.S.—and electric vehicles are an essential component of this transition,” said Ceres’ VP of Climate and Energy Sue Reid. “With companies controlling more than half the vehicles on the road in the U.S. today, they have a tremendous role to play in leading the transition to electric vehicles —both in terms of electrifying their own fleets and in leveraging their buying power to send a strong market signal to automakers and policymakers alike. The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is where the rubber hits the road.”
The alliance believes that companies have a clear economic incentive to electrify their fleets. The organization states that electric vehicles can present significant benefits to companies, including cost savings on fuel and maintenance, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, freedom from reliance on volatile oil and gas prices, improved driver safety, enhanced company reputation, and bolstered workforce recruitment and retention.
Ceres launched the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance to address the fact that the electric vehicle market is advancing, but not fast enough to meet the needs of every company. According to the nonprofit, automakers are not producing the necessary range of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicle models at the economies of scale many fleet operators need. There are also opportunities for an improved state and federal policy landscape to accelerate development and deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure at scale.
The alliance wants to help address these challenges by providing a platform for members to collaborate to identify challenges and potential solutions, and to leverage aggregate corporate demand to:
- Expand production of new and increased volumes of electric vehicle models,
- Grow the electric vehicle market and improve economies of scale,
- Encourage the adoption of supportive policies and the removal of policy barriers, and
- Foster peer-to-peer learning by sharing industry best practices.
The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance’s flagship members are Amazon, AT&T, Clif Bar, Consumers Energy, DHL, Direct Energy, Genentech, IKEA North America, LeasePlan, Lime, and Siemens. These members operate some of the largest fleets in the U.S. Some have reportedly already made significant commitments to electric vehicles, and will look to the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance to help them meet their goals.
“As part of The Climate Pledge, which includes the purchase of 100,000 Rivian electric delivery vans and a commitment to deliver 50% of shipments with net zero carbon by 2030, we are pursuing the highest standards in transportation sustainability. But we can’t get there alone,” said Kara Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. “We’re looking forward to working with fellow Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance members to share best practices to remove carbon emissions from our transportation business.”
“As part of our commitment to achieve net-zero emissions from transport activities by 2050 globally, we have set the ambitious interim target of performing 70% of first- and last-mile operations with green vehicles by 2025. Electric vehicles will play an important role in reaching that target, so we very much welcome the Alliance’s efforts to realize the potential of EVs and accelerate their production and integration into transport networks around the world,” said Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express Americas.
“Given our corporate commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030, electrifying our fleet is an essential step,” said John DeBoer, Head of Siemens eMobility and Future Grid Business Unit, North America.
“Many companies understand the myriad benefits of fleet electrification, but they’re lacking a supportive alliance of like-minded peers committed to sharing best practices and collaborating to move the market,” said Sara Forni, Senior Manager of Clean Vehicles at Ceres. “The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is filling that gap, and powering companies forward into the low-carbon future.”
The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is currently accepting new members. To learn more, visit https://www.ceres.org/corporate-electric-vehicle-alliance.