An alliance of UK firms have urged government to bring forward the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2030 – and mandate that carmakers make more electric vehicles.
The UK Electric Fleets Coalition, which launched last month, now has 21 corporate members with some 400,000 vehicles between them. These are: Anglian Water, BT, Centrica, DPD UK, Engie, Fleet Alliance, Foxtons, Hitachi Capital UK, Iberdrola (Scottish Power), Ingka Group (IKEA), LeasePlan, Mawdsleys, Mitie, Natwest Group, Octopus, Openreach, Ørsted, Ovo Energy, Severn Trent, Tusker and Unilever.
They want government to drive the market forward by banning combustion sales earlier while continuing grant support and mandating annually increasing EV production targets for carmakers. They also call for government to speed up rollout of public chargepoints that can be used by any payment system.
The Climate Group and BT Group launched the alliance last month.
If your business is planning on rolling out EV charging infrastructure, you can hear from Coalition members DPD and Mitie plus a number of other experts next week, as The Energyst hosts a series of free EV webinars, 10.30-12.30, Tuesday to Thursday. Sign up here.