Over 3 500 passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany will be replaced by electric alternatives over a period of five years, the Swedish energy company Vattenfall has announced.
Starting in January 2017, the energy company will gradually switch its fleet, with 1 700 vehicles in Sweden, 1 100 in Germany and 750 in the Netherlands.
The types of vehicle vary from passenger cars to technical support vehicles and maintenance vans
'With the decision to switch our own fleet we do not only contribute to reducing CO2-emissions in Europe, but we also want to set an example for other companies,' says Martijn Hagens, Vattenfall's head of customers and solutions, and responsible for e-mobility.
EU Member States and the EU Parliament have already agreed that transport emissions should be reduced with 60 per cent by 2050.
Vattenfall supports the move towards zero-emission transport, but emphasises that steps have to be taken to turn the EU-strategy into concrete policies and actions.
Hagens added: 'The outlines for success are already in place. Driving electric is far cheaper than driving on fossil fuels and we help to build a solid charging infrastructure in Europe. But to be able to fully switch our fleet, availability and freedom of choice in cars are very important as well.'
For more information, visit Vattenfall's website.
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