Energy giants Centrica and SSE, as well as outsourcing company Mitie, have committed to switching their vehicle fleets to electric by 2030.
The companies have today joined The Climate Group’s global EV100 initiative, which encourages businesses from around the world to commit to electric vehicles (EVs).
Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: ‘These companies are sending a clear message that the direction of travel for transport is electric, inspiring their staff and customers to follow – every major business must do the same.’
The companies represent some of the UK’s biggest buyers of commercial vehicles, with a combined footprint of 21,000 vehicles. Centrica operates the 3rd largest fleet in the country, SSE the 7th largest and Mitie the 8thlargest.
James Rushen, Group Head of Environment for Centrica plc, said: ‘The direction of travel for our fleet is clear and we’re proud to be supporting our customers and the wider industry as we continue to understand the implications of EV roll out at scale.
‘With a global network of over 15,000 engineers and technicians, and expertise in designing and managing energy solutions through Centrica Business Solutions, I believe we are uniquely positioned to help other businesses make the shift to a transport system that is cleaner, more sustainable and more efficient.’
Centrica, who owns British Gas, has also announced the expansion of its digital service, Local Heroes, to offer homeowners electric vehicle (EV) charging installations.
The Local Heroes digital service helps customers identify what type of charger they need for their home and find a trusted tradesperson to install it. All work that is undertaken is backed by a 12-month British Gas guarantee and the chargers are covered by a 3-year manufacturer warranty.