Joining forces

We've come together with other major companies to accelerate the electrification of transport in the UK

As part of our commitment to reduce our environmental impact, we've joined six other major British companies to become part of the Electric Vehicle Fleet Accelerator (EVFA).

The EVFA grew from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Build Back Better Business Council. It brings together CEOs of companies that own and operate some of the largest van fleets in the UK and companies involved with infrastructure, EV charging, retail and insurance and repair.

CEO Simon Thompson said: 'We are proud to be part of this initiative to accelerate the electrification of van fleets across the UK. With our ‘feet on the street’ network we already have the lowest reported CO2e emissions per parcel of any major UK delivery company, but we want to go further through our investment in electric vehicles. With the right policy and infrastructure in place, Government and industry can turbo-charge the faster rollout of electric vehicles built in the UK.'

As reported, we introduced our first fully electric final mile fleet at Bristol South Delivery Office and announced around 3,000 electric vehicles in areas introducing low emissions zones.

Joining us on EVFA are bp, BT, Direct Line Group, ScottishPower, Severn Trent and Tesco.

Today’s report details how supportive Government policy could help unlock private sector investment of £50 billion in infrastructure and in electric fleets in the UK over the next five years.

If the Government delivers on this agenda, the EVFA members have committed to converting the fleets involved to electric vehicles by 2030 and to buying British - buying 70,000 British-built vans by 2030 or sooner.

The Prime Minister, pictured with a Royal Mail van at Downing Street, said: 'I wholeheartedly welcome this commitment by leading employers to fully electrify their van fleets by 2030. This announcement will be a major boost to British vehicle production.

'The Government is committed to providing the electric charging points and other infrastructure the UK needs as we build back greener.'

29 Jul 2021