Alliance to call for faster switch to electric vehicles

The Climate Group has announced a new partnership with BT and Openreach which will aim to promote a faster switch to electric vehicles (EVs).

The UK Electric Fleets Alliance, launched on 1 June, is to convene a business leadership coalition to call for 100% EV sales nationwide by 2030, combined with targeted policy support so businesses are able to make the switch. It will look to firm up commitments from senior government ministers to bring forward the UK’s target to end petrol and diesel vehicle sales, while also call for clean road transport to be a priority ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow next year.

Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, explained that a target of 100% EV sales by 2030 is critical for the UK’s net zero goal, and would serve as a “powerful example” of UK climate leadership to other countries preparing coronavirus recovery plans and climate pledges ahead of COP26.

Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach, added: “With the country’s second largest fleet of vans, I want Openreach to play a leading role in the UK’s transition to low carbon vehicles. But there are still some major hurdles to overcome. For example, the kinds of vehicles, scale of manufacturing, supply-chains and infrastructure needed to electrify large fleets like ours simply doesn’t exist today. So we need Government support to make the transition faster and fuller, and the commitment to maintaining plug-in grants is a welcome first step.”

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