Data from Webfleet, Bridgestone’s fleet management solution, has revealed that European fleets using electric vehicles (EVs) have cut their carbon emissions by more than 15 tonnes of CO2 per vehicle, per year.
Webfleet published this information in the first instalment of Electrifying Data, a series of reports that map the commercial EV opportunity in exclusive telematics data.
The first report provides insights on the fuel and carbon emission reductions that are made possible via fleet electrification. It also highlighted that a switch to EVs equates to a fuel saving of 5,665 litres.
According to latest government figures, in 2020 transport was responsible for producing 24% of the UK’s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the country’s largest emitting sector. Furthermore, it was responsible for 33% of nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions and 14% of particulates (PM2.5).
“The decarbonisation of the transport sector sits at the very heart of our collective ambitions to tackle climate change,” said Beverley Wise, Webfleet regional director for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions.
“Fleet businesses have been leading the charge in the transition from ICE to EV vehicles, and this data reinforces the impact they can have in helping to deliver a more sustainable future.
“Although electrification is gathering pace, it remains, however, a significant change management undertaking. Dedicated fleet management solutions such as Webfleet can play an important role in supporting fleets as they target net zero.”
Webfleet’s EV fleet management solution is designed to help businesses at every step of the electrification journey, from planning the switch and deploying EVs to monitoring their usage, managing charging, reducing running costs and everything else that is needed to get the full value from going electric.
Taco van der Leij, vice president of Webfleet Europe, added: “The significant CO2 savings shown in the Electrifying Data report emphasise how electrifying your fleet can have a significant environmental impact.
“In Webfleet, you can access the Fleet Electrification Report, a feature that shows clearly which of your vehicles could be replaced with an EV. Following the fuel price rises in March of last year, we saw a 300% increase in usage of this tool. So, it’s clear the electrification of fleets is top of mind for many businesses.
“We want to show all fleets that making the move to electric mobility is a game-changer when it comes to transport decarbonisation.”
Retailers and carriers are both working to electrify their fleets. Earlier this month, Royal Mail rolled out its 4,000 electric van, while John Lewis and Tesco both have goals to switch to zero emission fleets.