31 Jan 24

5 EV questions to & 8 tips from Paola Felcaro, Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric has set clear ESG targets, also for transportation and mobility. The global energy management technology company has committed itself to a 100% electrified fleet by 2030. We talked to Paola Felcaro, Global Category Leader Fleet & Occupational Health.

What is the % of EVs in your fleet?
At the end of last year we achieved 23% globally, largely driven by Europe where we have more than 35% of our fleet electrified. Countries like Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, the UK and the DACH region have an EV fleet of even 60% and more. The other regions where we have a fleet are lagging behind. In North America our electrified fleet counts for 1.2%, and in the rest of the world it’s 0.9%.

What is the fleet electrification goal and by when?
We have set ourselves the target of 33% by 2025 and 100% by 2030, respecting our overall sustainability targets and our commitment within the EV100 initiative.

How do taxation and other incentives help your organisation with the acceleration of fleet electrification?
Taxation and incentives support the transition to EV as we are doing a strong investment for both vehicles and EV charging installations in all our HQ premises, as well as at our local offices and at drivers’ houses.

As each country is responsible for its own P&L, local regulation has a direct impact on the speed of the EV implementation roll-out.

What is the biggest hurdle or obstacle related to EV taxation and incentives?
In some countries, the main obstacle concerns double taxation of travel expense for EV charging costs even if it’s for business needs.

And then there is the administrative complexity when you have a leased fleet and where tax incentives are for the vehicle owner, so the leasing company. Now, suppliers charge back the amount of the incentives but this process requires additional resources and follow-up while we have to be lean and agile.

Finally, what are your Fleet Electrification tips for peers?
Let me mention 8 tips:

  1. You need a transversal approved commitment to support collaboration across the company involving Finance, HR, Real Estate, Sustainability, Strategy
  2. Sponsorship from the top level of management (CEO and SVPs) is key
  3. A governance framework is needed
  4. The EV fleet transition can’t do without a strategy and investments for EV charging infrastructure
  5. Build strong partnerships with leasers and OEMs to ensure vehicle availability
  6. Organize a detailed fleet and driver profile assessment
  7. Set up a specific and strong communication plan
  8. Don’t forget demo and training for drivers, and organize internal promotion events involving EV drivers as show case

To know more about Global Fleet Sustainability, read our E-Book 'The Road to Real Sustainability'.

Authored by: Steven Schoefs