In February 2017, we announced our commitment to switch our fleet to electric alternatives. We will gradually replace more than 4.500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK by 2030.
We also joined EV 100, a global NGO driven initiative that works with businesses to increase demand for electric vehicles. By doing this, we extended our fleet electrification commitment further by placing requirements on vehicle service contracts, and by facilitating the switch to EVs via providing charging stations to our employees and customers.
As a first step, Vattenfall implemented a new policy for employees entitled to a company car in the main countries where we operate. When the leasing contract for a fossil fuel car expires, employees entitled to a company car now can choose between a fully electric or a plug-in hybrid car.
The switching rate to electric has picked up quickly after we introduced our new company car policy, so a lot of new electric cars will be delivered in the coming years. By the end of 2023, all our company vehicles will be all electric or plug in hybrids.
Employees that are entitled to a company car very much welcome the switch to electric. In the Netherlands for example, thanks to tax advantages for electric vehicles (EVs), many employees decide to go for a 100% electric car. In parallel, EV charging stations in the Netherland are popping up every month. In Sweden, people mainly order plug-in hybrid cars. We expect a higher interest in EVs with further range improvement of batteries and a new tax system in Sweden favouring pure electrical cars.
More on our electrification process can be found in our fleet electrification case study here
Once employees order an electric car, we support the idea to help them install an electric car charging station at home. In parallel, we are building up the charging infrastructure at our Vattenfall office buildings to enable our employees to charge their cars while at work.
We have the ambition to electrify our fleet of Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) made up of over 2,000 vehicles in total. LCVs is an area where we currently do not have all the answers to meet our ambition due to restricting factors such as load and range. Where it is possible to use e-LCVs, we already do. To set the e-LCV project in motion, Vattenfall invited Light Commercial Vehicle OEMs to present vehicles and identify who can provide us with an immediate solution as well as future partnerships.
We want electric vehicles to become the new normal. We are committed right from the start to embrace and drive this change. We want to lead by example and learn as we go, which help us understand the challenges other businesses may face when electrifying their fleet. The best way to predict the future is to write it ourselves, together with partners and in close cooperation with our customers.
While it is important that we start with our own fleet and our own EV charging infrastructure, we also help local authorities, businesses and home owners by deploying and building northern Europe’s biggest EV charging infrastructure network called InCharge. Today, we operate over 14,500 electric vehicle charging points in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. We set-out to be a leading European E-mobility solutions provider, offering easy and accessible EV charging throughout Europe.
Read our comprehensive fleet electrification case study to find out more about our challenges and progress