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Governments must ‘get act together’ on EV infrastructure, says LeasePlan

Governments around the world must get their act together and deliver on public demand for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Tex Gunning, LeasePlan CEO

This call to action has been made by LeasePlan to coincide with World EV Day as it says that the lack of sufficient charging infrastructure globally is a major road block to the transition to EVs.

LeasePlan has committed itself to achieving net zero emissions from its total fleet by 2030 while also transitioning employee vehicles to battery electric by 2021, or as soon as local conditions allow, under the EV100 programme.

Its sustainability strategy also includes a pan-European rollout of its ‘full package’ EV solution, which is already available in 12 countries, and has entered the energy market  with its LeasePlan Energy smart charging solution for EVs. Its two green bonds are being used to help finance and refinance its growing portfolio of BEVs.

But Tex Gunning, CEO of LeasePlan, said action within the industry and by customers was not enough.

“Governments around the world must step up now and deliver on demand for zero-emission mobility by investing in a comprehensive public charging infrastructure, and incentivizing private charging stations in homes and offices. This is no time to sugar-coat it: this lack of action is holding us back,” he outlined.

“Only if governments get their act together on charging infrastructure will we be able to meet our climate commitments, clean up our dirty air and build back better. We all need to speak up so now that the new normal can be a green normal.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.