EDF Group To Convert Whole Fleet Of Cars To Electric Vehicles By 2030
EDF is the first French company to join the EV100
initiative, run by the international non-profit organization, The Climate
Group. EDF Group has made a commitment to convert its whole fleet to electric
vehicles by 2030, thus contributing to the development of a low-carbon society.
EV100 is an international initiative, introduced in New York
during Climate Week NYC in September 2017. It is designed to bring together
leading businesses keen to help give electric mobility a boost and make
electric transport a “new normal" by 2030.
For EDF Group, electricity will play a major role in the
decarbonisation of economies and the fight against climate change. Today we
estimate that one million of electric vehicles in circulation would represent a
consumption of 3TW/h. The Group’s commitment to EV100 is in keeping with those
of cities and regions already committed to the switchover to cleaner,
The EDF’s R&D teams have long been involved in this
field, with a widely recognised expertise when it comes to batteries for
electric vehicles. The Group has already launched initiatives to develop
electric vehicles, including for example in its generation fleet: at the
Blayais nuclear plant, EDF installed three hectares of photovoltaic panels
under which “simple plug" smart charging terminals made by EDF’s subsidiary
Sodetrel have been introduced, a world first.
With EV100, these initiatives will increase over the next
few years, with the development of a 100% electric fleet of cars by 2030, both
on EDF sites in France and worldwide. EDF Group is also working hard to develop
electric mobility for its customers, by developing charging infrastructures
across the country, as well as electricity supply services to help private
individuals, businesses and local authorities recharge their electric vehicles.
In 2016, EDF commissioned 200 fast charging stations for electric vehicles on
France’s main motorways to make interurban travels easier, thanks to the
Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF’s CEO and Chairman said: “We believe
in the importance of developing electric mobility in cities and regions. For
us, joining the EV100 initiative demonstrates this ambition. That’s why I am
particularly proud of our commitment to convert the whole of our car fleet to
electric vehicles by 2030".
Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group, said: “Businesses
have a huge opportunity to play a leading part in accelerating the roll-out of
electric vehicles and bringing down costs, through their own investments and
their influence over others. It’s great to see a utility like EDF make electric
vehicles the next step in its business strategy. I congratulate EDF for its
active role in supporting its customers to use electric vehicles too – rolling
out charging infrastructure will send a visible message to people that electric
vehicles are the next big thing."