- 27 January 2020
- Transport / Logistics Services
Two major logistics players – Amazon and DHL – have joined the Corporate Electric Vehicles Alliance that aims to help businesses transition to electric vehicles.
The Corporate Electric Alliance is a body led by Ceres designed to represent business interest in moving toward zero emissions fleets. As a body it is hoped that the alliance can show automotive and truck manufacturers the demand for new electric vehicles and help drive it toward production of a more diverse array of electric vehicle models. It also aims to lobby governments to get policies that enable fleet electrification.
“The climate crisis demands we decarbonise 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.”
There are big incentives for companies to transition to electric vehicles too. They are cheaper to run and maintain, have lower greenhouse gas emissions, are free from volatile fuel prices and have improved driver safety among others.
The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance was founded by Ceres because though the electric vehicle market is advancing, this is not quick enough to meet the needs of every large fleet owner.
Kara Hurst, Head of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon commented: “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.
“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.”
“DHL is very excited to be joining the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance as a founding member,” said Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Express Americas. “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 realise the potential of EVs and accelerate their production and integration into transport networks around the world.”