Plug’n’drive: DB Schenker supports the transition to e-mobility – not least as a member of the EV100 initiative. Photo: DB Schenker
There is no denying the fact that the transport sector’s emissions do contribute to climate change. What is also true, however, is that a growing number of enterprises involved in the transportation of goods in some form are taking counter-measures. Several dozens of such companies, including DB Schenker, are combining their efforts under the buzzword EV100. The initiative going by that name is committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) – their aim: to make electric transport the new normal by 2030.
According to EV100, more than half of all vehicles registered worldwide are owned by businesses. It is therefore crucial that businesses lead the shift to electric vehicles. Through investment and not least through their ability to influence millions of staff and customers, businesses are in a position to address rising global emissions. Moreover, they can also boost mass demand for electric vehicles significantly.
At the EV100 member DB Schenker, a decision was made to gradually convert its own fleet of distribution vehicles to electromobility. The objective is to retrofit all vehicles up to 3.5 tons with electric drives or fuel cells by 2030. Half of all vehicles between 3.5 and 7.5 tons will also be electrically powered by then. DB Schenker has already deployed vehicles of this kind in many countries.