Accenture reports stagnant commercial fleet electrification

Convergence of mobility and energy through widespread commercial fleet electrification can fast-track us to net zero, says Sandra Tuzlic, Accenture MD

Headquartered in Dublin, Irish-American professional services company Accenture specialises in information technology services and consulting. The firm embraces global change, encouraging its clients to be the leading innovators of developments. 

Fleet electrification driving companies towards net zero

Despite accelerated sustainability strategy as companies continue working towards net zero and reducing carbon emissions, Accenture research reveals most organisations are still in the early stages of fleet electrification. 

Accenture has supported the electrification of commercial vehicle fleets for some time now, telling EV Magazine in 2022 how crucial the switch is

The transport industry is responsible for 25% of carbon emissions globally, with road transport alone accounting for 75% of this output. The sector’s carbon footprint can be significantly reduced by converting fleets such as cars, vans, trucks and buses from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to battery electric vehicles (BEVs) can significantly reduce the sector’s carbon footprint and help corporations and public entities meet their sustainability targets.

Accenture reveals that the vast majority of fleets have either not yet started the process of electrification or are less than a quarter of the way through. The most progress towards electrified fleets has been made in North America, but there is a long way to go across all regions.

 
  • 30% of executives say they have no EVs in their fleet
  • 54% of executives say that EVs make up a maximum of a quarter of their fleet
  • 21% of executives expect full electrification to happen after 2035
  • 54% of executives expect full electrification to happen after 2030
 

Accenture reports that the most challenging aspect facing executives is the high upfront cost with unclear business case, with infrastructure difficulty also listed as a barrier. 

 

“Convergence of mobility and energy can be a real game-changer that can put us on fast-track to net zero if we truly embrace the interdependent nature between how we move, how (and where) we produce and consume energy and how we transform our built environment in cities and rural areas,” shares Sandra Tuzlic, one of the authors of the report and Managing Director at Accenture. Based in Belgium, Tuzlic specialises in helping companies embrace change during energy transition. She has been at Accenture for nearly two decades, having gained her masters in Commercial Engineering from the University of Antwerp.

 

“But we, the humans, are a central piece of the puzzle and in order to truly grasp the potential of system-wide reinvention of mobility, energy and cities we must take a joined-up, life-centric approach and design out the unintended consequences – right-sizing mobility options, democratising charging and making mobility experience frictionless.”

 

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