From Amazon, to Uber and Walmart, major companies have pledged to transition their fleets away from fossil fuels, and the result could be transformative for the automotive sector. Amazon’s order of 100,000 electric delivery vehicles from startup Rivian last autumn marked a major turning point for the electric vehicle (EV) market, with analysts hailing the deal – the largest order of zero emissions vehicles in history – as the most significant single development for the sector since Tesla went public in 2010. One year on, the pace of corporate fleet electrification commitments has dramatically accelerated. In the last two months alone, Walmart, Uber, and Tesco have pledged to decarbonise their fleets within the next 10 to 20 years. And Amazon has unveiled the first results of its tie up with Rivian, as the first of its custom-built electric vans take to the roads. In the last eight months, the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative has swelled from 60 to 88 companies, with its members having collectively promised to electrify more than 2.4 million vehicles over the coming decade.
Business Green 22nd Oct 2020 read more »
Some 46 per cent of new vehicles were registered as electric or plug-in hybrid in the latest official Scottish audit, compared to the UK average of 33 per cent. In all, more than 10,000 people in Scotland now use ultra-low emission vehicles and the numbers are growing. A new generation of car owners are concerned about their impact on the planet and of how motoring fits into their wider social responsibility.
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