UK and US power company National Grid, one of the largest utilities in the world, announced today a series of commitments aimed at significantly reducing the emissions impact of its commercial vehicle fleet. The company has also joined the Climate Group’s EV100, an initiative bringing together companies committed to the transition to electric vehicles.
Amy Davidsen, Executive Director of North America at the Climate Group, said:
“As the first leading utility in the US to make an EV100 commitment to electrify its fleet, National Grid is pushing the bar for other utilities. They’re showing that the utility sector can play a significant role in speeding the transition to electric vehicles as well as the transition to a clean grid – both critical actions needed to fight climate change.”
National Grid’s new commitments include moving to a 100% electric fleet by 2030 for our light-duty vehicles in the U.S., and pursuing the replacement of our medium and heavy duty vehicles with zero carbon alternatives. In the UK, the company will replace its entire commercial fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2030.
In addition to electrifying its 5,784 vehicle fleet, National Grid has committed to enabling employees to transition to clean transportation through the installation of over 160 charging ports at its US premises, and providing incentives for employees towards the purchase or lease of EVs.
Badar Khan, US President of National Grid, said:
“In doing our part to reduce GHG emissions in the areas we serve, transportation is a sector National Grid cannot ignore. It is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change globally. By joining EV100, we are committing to fast track transportation electrification and make a significant contribution by 2030. Over the next decade, we will work with other utilities, charging stations providers, automakers, policymakers, regulators, and our customers to put more EVs and charging stations on our streets.”