But there is not enough availability/choice of electric light commercial vehicles.

Vattenfall intends to electrify its total car fleet of 4,600 vehicles by 2030, but things have to be accelerated, especially in the light commercial vehicle category (2,600 vehicles).

The company recently announced a new policy for benefit cars and commercial passenger vehicles. It requires ordering only electric ones (with small exceptions).

Currently, almost two-thirds of benefit cars and 25% of commercial passenger vehicles are all-electric or plug-in hybrid.

From 2021 on, new management cars (a sub-category of benefit cars) will have to be all-electric. The wider benefit cars category was required to go plug-in (BEV or PHEV) since about three years ago.

The commercial passenger vehicles will be electrified when it's possible:

"These are cars that are used for work-related purposes such as sales cars or normal passenger cars used in service operations. The new policy means that it is now only allowed to order an electric vehicle, unless it can be shown that this would cause a significant harm to the business. An exception could be for example when the vehicle is used in daily operative work where extreme situations occur (such as emergency repairs or when the vehicle needs to drive a high mileage each day)."

The light commercial vehicle category has been so far electrified at just 2%, so Vattenfall is still seeking how to progress with the remaining 98% of the 2,600 strong fleet.

The problem here is the lack of choice and availability of small, medium and large vans, according to the company.

“The main reason is that there has been a lack of available and suitable car models on the market. But this has changed recently, and we hope to quickly gain speed in also electrifying our cars in this category soon,”

In terms of charging infrastructure, Vattenfall installed some 865 charging points at the office locations (mostly in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands), as well as operating more than 16,000 public charge points (in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway).

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New policy to speed up electrification of car fleet

Vattenfall’s Executive Group Management has decided on new policies for benefit cars and commercial passenger vehicles to reach its ambition to electrify its total car fleet of 4,600 vehicles by 2030.

Tomas Björnsson, head of E-mobility says: “Our goal is to enable a fossil free society and the electrification of the transport sector is an important element in this transition. To our customers we offer the full-suite of solutions needed for an electric vehicle: Charging at home, at work, at business as well as access to an international public network of charge points. To walk the talk and reduce emissions in our operations, it is clear that we also need to electrify our own car fleet.”

Highest electrification rate in benefit cars

During the past three years, Vattenfall has successfully converted almost two thirds of the benefit cars to full electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. Main success factor was to have a policy in place according to which all newly ordered benefit cars had to be electric.

Now, Vattenfall decided to proceed even faster and more consistently in the area of ​​benefit cars. From the beginning of 2021, employees that are entitled to a management car (a sub-category of benefit cars), can only order full electric cars.

Commercial passengers cars in scope now

To progress further, Vattenfall also decided to introduce a new policy for commercial passenger vehicles.  These are cars that are used for work-related purposes such as sales cars or normal passenger cars used in service operations. The new policy means that it is now only allowed to order an electric vehicle, unless it can be shown that this would cause a significant harm to the business. An exception could be for example when the vehicle is used in daily operative work where extreme situations occur (such as emergency repairs or when the vehicle needs to drive a high mileage each day).

“In the category of commercial passenger vehicles, we have so far seen less traction compared to benefit cars,” says Pieter Dumas, program manager of Vattenfall’s car fleet electrification. “Currently, only a quarter of these cars are plug-in hybrids or fully electric and we saw a risk that we would fail in our ambition if we did not act.”

Lack of van models a barrier

In the category of light commercial vehicles, which comprises small, medium and large vans, there is even less progress. Out of the 2,600 Vattenfall cars in this category, less than 2 per cent have been electrified so far.

“The main reason is that there has been a lack of available and suitable car models on the market. But this has changed recently, and we hope to quickly gain speed in also electrifying our cars in this category soon,” says Pieter Dumas.

Infrastructure is improving

The lack of charging points is often mentioned as a barrier for E-mobility. Vattenfall has invested quite heavily into charging points at the office locations. Today, 865 charge points are installed, most of them in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands.

Vattenfall operates more than 16,000 charge points in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Norway, and through its investments in public charging and roaming agreements with other operators, provides easy and affordable access to an international public network of charge points.