Vattenfall switching entire 3500-vehicle fleet to EVs

February 09, 2017

Vattenfall, Sweden’s state-owned electricity producer, is converting its whole fleet to electric vehicles (EVs). The move will see, over the next five years, more than 3500 cars and LCVs replaced, and forms part of the company’s ambition to be completely climate-neutral by 2050.

The company offers almost 6000 electric vehicle charging points in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands, with both normal and fast charging solutions to both retail and business customers. The shift involves 1700 vehicles in Sweden, 750 in the Netherlands and 1100 in Germany. 

Martjin Hagens, responsible for e-mobility at Vattenfall, said: ‘By supplying charging points, we already help our customers drive electric. The decision to switch our fleet not only contributes to reducing CO2 emissions, but also sets an example for other companies.’ 

With the EU having committed to reduce transport emissions by 60% below 1990 levels by 2050, there is increasing importance in bottom-up measures such as their to encourage culture change towards achieving this goal. 

Hagens says that they feel the time is right to make the change now that the trend towards more affordable batteries with longer ranges has already set in. 

But he added: ‘Electric cars still require a high financial investment. And there isn't much choice yet in electric LCVs. Stricter CO2 emissions standards at EU level would give car manufacturers the confidence that the EVs are the way forward, hopefully resulting in market growth and a wider range of cars at lower prices. 

Initiatives like this will help Sweden catch up with its world-leading neighbour Norway in EV uptake. While Sweden has the third highest EV penetration in Europe – at 3.6% - this falls far short of EV powerhouse Norway on 29.0%, according to ACEA.

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