Nonetheless you have a look at it, 2020 is a turning level for fleets. 

Because of converging forces — together with supportive insurance policies, dropping battery prices and aggressive local weather targets — transportation leaders at massive and small organizations are more and more turning to new zero-emission and low-carbon choices that decarbonize fleets and in some circumstances lower your expenses.

Fleets are sometimes the workhorses that toil behind the scenes: the rubbish vehicles that choose up your trash earlier than daybreak; the long-haul semi-trucks that transfer items from the port; the bucket vehicles that utilities use to repair energy strains and preserve your lights on; the supply vans that drop off your packages and assist you to keep secure inside your houses.

The definition of fleet is evolving. Journey-hailing corporations akin to Lyft personal automobiles, however they’re additionally working to assist drivers that personal their very own automobiles transfer into EVs. The younger e-scooter corporations additionally personal massive “fleets,” though not within the conventional sense. 

Fleet leaders are additionally going through growing stress. Insurance policies akin to California’s Superior Clear Truck rule are forcing organizations within the state to part in zero-emission vehicles and part out fossil fuel-based ones. Progressive cities, many in Europe, are constructing zones in downtown facilities which are banning fossil-fuel automobiles and incentivizing zero-emission fashions. A world firm that desires to ship items to residents in cities akin to London, Paris, Madrid and shortly Santa Monica, California, will want zero-emission automobile (ZEV) fleets or it’ll lose enterprise.

ZEVs are additionally a chance for fleets. Sure sorts of automobiles — together with transit and faculty buses, supply vans and light-duty automobiles — can save fleet homeowners appreciable cash once they’re switched to electrical. Different sorts of fleets akin to long-haul vehicles will take lots& longer to go electrical. 

One of many greatest considerations for fleet leaders is methods to design, plan, deploy and handle the difficult infrastructure that typically may be required to cost or gasoline numerous sorts of fleets. Investments in software program and knowledge, in addition to constructing deep relationships with utilities, shall be key to serving to fleets navigate this daunting ecosystem.

One other chief concern is an absence of electrical medium- and heavy-duty automobile fashions from main OEMs within the U.S. that match fleets’ wants. Again and again, fleet leaders say there simply aren’t sufficient ZEV automobiles out there for them to purchase, and those which are out there are simply too costly with out incentives proper now.

The pandemic has created distinctive challenges for fleets, together with security considerations for drivers, further automobile cleansing prices and the necessity to redesign operations round social distancing measures.

However the pandemic additionally has shone a highlight on simply how essential many of those fleets are — in midst of essentially the most aggressive lockdowns, vehicles have been operating lifesaving groceries and private protecting tools to communities and hospitals throughout the U.S.

So here is our listing, in alphabetical order, of 25 organizations taking essential steps to decarbonize their fleets, shopping for (or planning to purchase) new zero-emission automobiles and making the still-difficult option to be an early adopter. The listing consists of public businesses, large firms, small corporations, faculty districts, utilities — it runs the gamut. 

To listen to from a few of these fleet leaders — together with Seattle’s Philip Saunders, Port Authority NY and NJ’s Christine Weydig, Anheuser-Busch’s Angie Slaughter, Walmart’s Zach Freeze, Amazon’s Ross Rachey, IKEA’s Angela Hultberg, FedEx’s Russ Musgrove, Genentech’s Andy Jefferson and Lime’s Andrew Savage — tune into VERGE 20 throughout the subsequent 5 days. The keynotes are free, however you may want to purchase a cross for the transportation deep-dive classes. 


Amazon’s domination of commerce and supply means it is acquired loads of emissions from the automobiles that ship orders to our doorsteps day by day. However in early 2019, Amazon introduced an industry-first for a supply firm: It pledged that half of all of its shipments could be net-zero carbon by 2030. All the firm (together with transportation) shall be net-zero carbon by 2040.

In true Amazon type, the corporate has written its personal automobile playbook and disrupted the established order. Whereas many fleet managers are challenged to seek out automobiles out there that they’ll purchase, Amazon routed round that downside by investing in — and planning to purchase — 100,000 electrical vehicles from startup Rivian. Will Rivian finally be a division of Amazon? Perhaps: It might make sense for Amazon to carry automobile manufacturing in-house in its fixed bid for vertical integration.

However Amazon can also be shopping for electrical variations of the Mercedes-Benz sprinter van that dominates supply markets. For now, we’re eagerly watching and ready for extra particulars about Amazon’s rising zero-emission and low-carbon automobile fleet.


Beer big Anheuser-Busch, the U.S. subsidiary of AB InBev, delivers about one million shipments of its beer per yr, largely in vehicles carrying beers akin to Budweiser and Stella Artois to grocery shops and bars across the U.S. After all, all that trucking delivers a giant greenhouse fuel footprint: 10 p.c of Anheuser-Busch’s carbon emissions come from transportation.

However the beverage maker has a giant sustainability plan and is taking a first-mover method to decarbonizing its devoted fleet of round 1,600 automobiles. The corporate has an order to purchase as much as 800 of Nikola Motor’s hydrogen-powered gasoline cell vehicles and 40 Tesla Semi vehicles. It might be one of many first fleets within the nation to get long-haul zero-emission automobiles, and it has a plan to transform its complete long-haul devoted fleet to ZEVs by 2025. On the similar time, it is already adopting renewable pure fuel to energy its pure fuel vehicles in its short-haul fleet. 

Total, Anheuser-Busch has a objective to slash carbon emissions by 1 / 4 throughout its complete provide chain by 2025. Only a quick 5 years away.

Antelope Valley Transit Authority

This summer season, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) — a transit group that serves the Southern California cities of Lancaster and Palmdale — hit a milestone: three million miles of zero-emission bus operation. The group’s fleet consists of 93 buses, 61 of that are zero-emission buses, and nearly all of these are BYD-made electrical fashions.

The transit authority was one of many first within the U.S. to make a significant dedication to electrical buses 4 years in the past, partly due to its shut proximity to the American headquarters of BYD in Lancaster. A former BYD exec even joined AVTA as its CEO and has helped lead the e-bus transition.

AVTA says along with slashed carbon emissions and native air air pollution, it has been in a position to save 769,231 gallons of diesel gasoline, the equal of greater than $1 million in gasoline value financial savings. 

Denver Worldwide Airport

In the event you’ve ever flown by means of Denver’s Worldwide Airport, you realize town prides itself on its revolutionary design and customer-friendly facilities. Nevertheless it’s additionally been aggressively adopting zero- and low-emission automobiles. 

Our pals at 100 Finest Fleets named Denver Worldwide Airport the second greenest fleet in America. It is acquired near 300 alternative-fueled automobiles, together with electrical, hybrid and pure fuel buses, sweepers and light-duty automobiles. The airport additionally incentivizes hybrid taxis and vans by decreasing their entry charges to the airport.

Airport shuttle buses are a key space the place electrical automobiles will have the ability to make a dent, given their devoted and quick routes. States akin to California are mandating that its 13 largest airports transfer their shuttle buses to zero-emission operations by 2035.


Fb won’t be considered a fleet chief, however two years in the past Fb acquired 43 BYD-made electrical on-campus shuttles that may carry staff throughout its sprawling complicated. On the time, the social media big leveraged a novel financing deal led by Generate Capital to lease the automobiles, decreasing the upfront prices.

Fb says it is investigating the way it can electrify its commuter shuttle buses. Fb began testing out a double-decker electrical commuter shuttle bus final yr and had deliberate to check extra out this yr. Nonetheless, the pandemic and distant work has thrown a wrench into many corporations’ commuter ZEV bus plans.


Supply vehicles are a key kind of auto prepared for electrification. Bloomberg New Vitality Finance earlier this yr declared supply vehicles to be the “subsequent section to cross the tipping level” and an electrical “killer app.” 

FedEx, which has greater than 100,000 automobiles in its Specific division internationally, has been engaged on its zero-emission and low-carbon automobile program for a few years. Two years in the past, FedEx introduced a partnership with startup Chanje so as to add 1,000 Chanje electrical supply automobiles to its fleet: 100 purchased outright and 900 leased by means of Ryder. Chanje can also be supplying FedEx with EV charging infrastructure 

FedEx just lately advised the New York Instances that it added near 400 electrical automobiles in its fleet internationally final yr, which introduced its whole EVs to shut to three,000, together with forklifts and airport floor service tools.  


Biotech big Genentech is a shocking fleet chief: It is acquired essentially the most aggressive electrical commuter bus packages round, along with its different EV fleet targets.

Two years in the past, the corporate began operating electrical BYD-made commuter buses to maneuver its staff throughout the sprawling San Francisco Bay Space — from as far north as Vacaville to as far south as San Jose — to its headquarters in South San Francisco. Whereas many corporations are hesitant to depend on EVs for such lengthy routes, Genentech took the plunge. And the corporate says it’s pleased with the outcomes. At the moment, Genentech is within the strategy of changing near half of its 60 buses on batteries. 

Along with its electrical commuter buses, Genentech has dedicated to changing its complete light-duty gross sales fleet of 1,200 automobiles to electrical or plug-in hybrid by 2030.

Ingka Group (IKEA)

Inkga Group, aka IKEA, has its personal distinctive tackle a ZEV fleet. The corporate does not personal its personal automobiles, however its merchandise are delivered through 10,000 automobiles globally, owned by supply corporations akin to DHL and UPS.

Because of this, IKEA is utilizing its massive footprint to companion, push and pull its companions into ZEVs. IKEA says by 2025 all last-mile supply of its items shall be carried out in electrical automobiles. And by the top of this yr (sure, 2020), IKEA says it’ll electrify its last-mile supply in Shanghai, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Amsterdam.

It is already occurred in Shanghai and different cities are nicely underway. Los Angeles is proving a bit of more difficult, IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Pia Heidenmark Prepare dinner mentioned just lately throughout a session at Local weather Week. But when corporations do not push themselves, they will not make progress.


Netherlands-based LeasePlan is a big fleet administration firm that principally operates in Europe but in addition has a strong presence within the U.S. We’re together with the corporate as a result of it was a founding member of the Local weather Group’s EV100 Program and due to its first-of-its-kind ZEV fleet dedication. 

The corporate has pledged to zero out its emissions for all of its prospects’ fleets — at a whopping 1.eight million automobiles — by 2030. What’s extra, it additionally plans to impress its personal worker fleet by 2021. These sorts of commitments are nonetheless extraordinary broadly within the U.S.

Europe is shifting at a a lot quicker trajectory towards electrical automobiles than the U.S., regardless of the U.S.’s being the birthplace to EV chief Tesla. Many European nations and cities are committing to supply incentives for electrical automobiles and banning fossil-fuel ones from metropolis facilities.


Lime is our wildcard on the highest fleets listing. The electrical scooter firm operates a fleet of nicely over 100,000 electrical scooters, in addition to owned and leased vehicles and vans that the corporate makes use of to maneuver round its scooters. 

Earlier this yr, Lime pledged — as a part of the EV100 — to transition its complete fleet of automobiles to electrical by 2030. It is already powering its scooters and operations with clear vitality in addition to shopping for carbon offsets to neutralize emissions. Not too long ago Lime additionally introduced a partnership with the World Wildlife Basis, which embrace packages round training, advocacy and carbon innovation.

Subsequent up for Lime? The scooter firm is  new warehouse area the place it might optimize charging infrastructure for an electrical fleet. It is also partnered with Ceres to assist advocate for insurance policies that can assist a transition to electrical fleets.


Electrifying ride-hailing shall be tough, given most ride-hailing drivers personal their very own automobiles. However this summer season, ride-hailing big Lyft introduced it plans to transition to 100 p.c electrical automobiles — each for the automobiles it owns and driver-owned automobiles — by 2030.

It will take a giant elevate, loads of outside-the-box considering and main coverage assist to get there. However the time is now, and Uber set an identical objective after Lyft.

Some insurance policies are shifting the ride-hailing giants in that course. Cities, lots of them in Europe, are setting incentives and mandates to ban fossil-fuel automobiles and transition to zero-emission automobiles in metropolis facilities. States akin to California are setting particular guidelines for the ride-hailing corporations to trace and cut back their emissions.

Metropolis of Oakland

The town of Oakland in California has a protracted historical past of setting local weather and sustainability targets, and in 2003 adopted a inexperienced fleet coverage. Because of a holistic and revolutionary method, town — which makes use of 1,500 sorts of automobiles — now not makes use of diesel-powered automobiles and is utilizing a mixture of low-carbon fuels, compressed pure fuel and electrical automobiles.

Its round renewable diesel fueling system is exclusive within the nation. It takes waste grease and oils from native companies and its companion Neste converts them to renewable diesel, which then powers lots of Oakland’s vehicles. Richard Battersby, assistant director at Oakland Public Works, is a frontrunner within the inexperienced fleet area for his work on Oakland’s fleet.

This summer season, Oakland adopted an equitable local weather plan with bold targets for 2030, calling for a 60 p.c discount in greenhouse gases relative to 2005 ranges. The top objective is carbon neutrality. 


Northern California’s Pacific Fuel & Electrical (PG&E) has spent the previous couple of years constructing out an electrical fleet of 1,360 electrical automobiles so as to add to the hundreds of different automobiles in its low-carbon fleet that use sources akin to pure fuel and biodiesel. The corporate makes use of automobiles akin to pickup vehicles, bucket vehicles and light-duty automobiles for numerous operations.

PG&E’s objective is to impress 100 p.c of its light-duty automobiles, 10 p.c of its medium-duty automobiles and 5 p.c of its heavy-duty automobiles. There are specific challenges with battery vary on the subject of electrifying heavy-duty emergency response automobiles and different work automobiles that do not have unpredictable and prolonged routes.

Along with reworking its personal fleet, PG&E is supporting the uptake of EVs for its 23,000 staff and has put in greater than 1,230 charging stations at its amenities. It is sensible for utilities to be early adopters of fleet electrification, given they’re serving to their prospects make an identical transition and must be taught their prospects’ expertise.


International beverage behemoth PepsiCo has an overarching objective to cut back its whole greenhouse fuel emissions by 20 p.c by 2030. It is acquired loads of work to do throughout packaging, water, the sources for its merchandise and — its fleet. The corporate runs automobiles akin to long-haul vehicles, yard vehicles and forklifts to maneuver its numerous merchandise — from delicate drinks to snacks to bottled water — throughout the globe.

PepsiCo is constructing out a pilot facility with numerous low-carbon and electrical automobiles at its Frito Lay campus in Modesto, California. The positioning, leveraging state incentives, will use 15 electrical Tesla Semi Vans, six electrical Peterbilt e220 straight vehicles, three BYD electrical yard vehicles, 12 BYD electrical forklifts and 38 Volvo pure fuel vehicles fueled by renewable pure fuel. The power additionally will deploy charging and fueling infrastructure in addition to photo voltaic and onsite battery storage.

Portland Common Electrical

In September, Portland-based utility Portland Common Electrical introduced that it plans to impress massive parts of its 1,167 automobiles. It already has 91 EVs in use, however the brand new dedication will deploy 600 electrical automobiles and retire 600 fossil fuel-burning automobiles over the subsequent 10 years.

The objective is for its fleet to be 61 p.c electrical inside a decade. Like with Pacific Fuel & Electrical, the actually heavy-duty vehicles — bucket vehicles and dump vehicles — would be the hardest to impress, and Portland Common Electrical plans to transition 30 p.c of these.

Past fleet electrification, Portland Common Electrical has been a frontrunner on the subject of making an attempt to proactively discover methods to allow the EVs on its community to be a internet profit. It has been constructing out good grid tech and testing out a digital energy plant. The corporate’s electrical automobiles go hand-in-hand with its clear vitality targets, and Portland Common Electrical expects to serve half of its prospects with renewable-generated electrical energy by 2022. 

Port Authority New York and New Jersey

Port Authority New York and New Jersey has the biggest electrical bus fleet on the East Coast, together with 36 buses and 19 chargers, on the area’s three greatest airports. The group just lately mentioned it had reached its objective to have a 100 p.c electrical bus fleet by the top of this yr (shut to a few months early).

Past the bus fleet, 130 of the group’s light-duty automobiles, utilized by staff and cops, are electrical. By 2023, Port Authority says over 600 — or 50 p.c of its light-duty fleet — shall be electrical. 

Port Authority’s fleet targets are all a part of its overarching plan to achieve a 35 p.c discount of greenhouse fuel emissions by 2025 and an 80 p.c discount by 2050.

Salt River Challenge

Tempe, Arizona-based Salt River Challenge (SRP) gives electrical energy and energy to 1 million residents in central Arizona. The corporate has spent the previous six years investigating and piloting electrical automobile tech for its staff, its fleet and its prospects. 

At the moment, SRP makes use of near 200 electrical automobiles, each on-road and offroad, together with light-duty automobiles, bucket vehicles, forklifts and utility carts. The group additionally has the biggest office EV charging program in Arizona, with near 200 staff driving plug-in automobiles to SRP’s facility. SRP says this program is predicted to develop to 450 staff (or 7 p.c of its workforce) over the subsequent 5 years.

Down the street, SRP’s targets are to impress 100 p.c of its sedan fleet by the top of 2021 and cut back 30 p.c of its fleet emissions by 2035. As well as, SRP expects 500,000 prospects utilizing EVs by 2035, and it’ll construct plans and packages to assist cost 90 p.c of these prospects’ EV hundreds. 

Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority

The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority, which gives buses, gentle rail, paratransit and BART stations for larger Silicon Valley, has been an early transit group to codify sustainability targets, to implement clear vitality applied sciences and, two years in the past, to deploy electrical buses. 

In 2018, VTA put its first 5 electrical buses, constructed by Proterra and utilizing DC quick charging infrastructure made by Chargepoint, into service. The corporate has plans to obtain 35 extra electrical buses over the subsequent a number of years, on its method to assembly California’s mandate that claims all transit buses should be zero-emission by 2040.

VTA intently tracks its vitality use for its fleet. Its targets are to cut back its fleet’s vitality consumption by 35 p.c under 2009 ranges by 2025 and 60 p.c by 2040. 

Schneider Electrical

Earlier this yr, vitality firm Schneider Electrical introduced that it is becoming a member of the Local weather Group’s EV100 program and can transition its complete 14,000 automobile fleet to electrical by 2030. The corporate relies in France however has operations throughout the globe.

The corporate sells EV charging tools and software program, amongst many different vitality and grid merchandise, so it is sensible for it to make use of this big dedication to be taught extra about what its prospects are experiencing. Schneider Electrical can also be putting in EV charging tools at its amenities for its staff. 






Metropolis of Seattle

During the last decade, the larger Puget Sound area has been trying to cut back its carbon emissions from transportation, which accounts for 60 p.c of its whole emissions. Alongside that regional concern, town of Seattle has an aggressive and multi-pronged inexperienced fleet technique for its over 6,000 automobiles, throughout departments akin to police, fireplace and utilities. 

Seattle’s future fleet targets embrace slicing greenhouse fuel emissions in half by 2025 and utilizing solely fossil-fuel-free automobiles by 2030. The fleet crew, led by Philip Saunders, is trying to quickly electrify, construct out EV charging infrastructure, aggressively cut back gasoline use, swap in low-carbon fuels for sure sorts of automobiles and pilot applied sciences that aren’t but cost-effective or broadly out there.

The corporate makes use of a variety of applied sciences together with renewable diesel, biodiesel, propane and EVs. 

Twin Rivers Faculty District

Three years in the past, Twin Rivers Faculty District in California turned one of many first faculty districts within the U.S. to deploy electrical faculty buses. At the moment the group operates 35 electrical faculty buses, and over the subsequent three years it plans to transform the majority of its fleet, or 91 faculty buses, to electrical.

Within the interim, Twin Rivers has pure fuel buses, a few of which run on renewable pure fuel, and is operating all of its diesel buses on renewable diesel from Neste. Following the change to renewable diesel, it is complete fleet is fossil-fuel-free. 

Twin Rivers Director of Transportation Tim Shannon advised GreenBiz in an interview earlier this yr that the group is already utilizing the electrical buses to pilot the vehicle-to-grid know-how with Sacramento Municipal Utility District. It isn’t nearly cool tech, although. Shannon explains: “Our inexperienced bus program is taking an space that’s extremely densely populated, we’re transporting loads of youngsters, we’re a deprived group and a excessive charge of air air pollution. We’re decreasing all that, and we’re making it an eco-friendly place to reside.”


Following Lyft’s announcement, Uber revealed that it, too, plans to transition to an all zero-emission fleet. Uber says it’ll attain that objective by 2040. First, it’ll have 100 p.c of its rides within the U.S., Canada and Europe, be electrical by 2030. 

Uber already has made progress in cities akin to London, the place it is shifting to an all-electric fleet. Uber says it’ll commit $800 million to assist drivers on its platform transfer to EVs by 2025. The corporate additionally operates scooters and bikes, and its app encourages riders to make use of public transit. 

The ride-hailing giants want to maneuver to ZEV as cities and states stress them with mandates. The California Air Assets Board just lately discovered that the carbon emissions of Uber and Lyft’s automobile fleet per passenger mile is over 50 p.c increased than common automobiles driving on the roads. 


The buyer product firm, based mostly in the UK and the Netherlands, says it’ll commit its complete international fleet of 11,000 automobiles to electrical by 2030 as a part of the Local weather Group’s EV100 program. Its interim targets are 25 p.c EV or hybrid by 2020, and 50 p.c by 2025.

Unilever has broader sustainability targets past its fleet, which embrace turning into “carbon optimistic” in its operations by 2030; 100 p.c of its vitality will come from renewables. 


For a number of years UPS has been working its “rolling laboratory” method to piloting and deploying low-carbon and electrical automobiles. Of its fleet of 125,000 bundle vans, vehicles, bikes and tractors, UPS has 10,300 alternative-fuels automobiles, and it is carried out a considerable undertaking in London with good grid tech and EVs.

Earlier this yr, UPS kicked its EV plans into overdrive. UPS introduced it plans to purchase 10,000 electrical automobiles from companion Arrival, purpose-built for UPS. On the similar time, UPS made an funding within the startup by means of its enterprise arm, UPS Ventures. 

The technique is just like Amazon’s transfer with Rivian. The OEMs have not been producing the automobiles that these massive fleets need and want, so the largest corporations are diving into the provision chain to assist create their very own.


Walmart is simply beginning its inexperienced fleet journey however kicked off the transfer with a bang by saying in late 2020 hat it could transition its complete fleet to zero emissions by 2040, together with its long-haul vehicles.

Up till now, a lot of Walmart’s technique has been round piloting know-how, adopting some zero-emission automobiles at its Canadian facility and aggressively adopting fuel-efficiency measures. Walmart has a fleet of over 10,000 automobiles together with 6,500 semi-trucks and four,000 passenger automobiles.

Walmart’s senior director of strategic initiatives and sustainability at Walmart, Zach Freeze, advised GreenBiz that “extra must be carried out,” and Walmart desires to set the bold objective of zero-emission throughout the corporate. “As a way to get to zero, we have to transition the fleet,” Freeze mentioned. 

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