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Ceres, a nonprofit organisation focused on transforming the economy to build a sustainable future, has announced the formation and launch of it’s Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance.

Inaugural members include major international corporations including Siemens e-mobility and Future Grid North America, Amazon, Direct Energy, AT&T, and Consumers Energy.

The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance has been formed to help companies accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, a key component of tackling the climate crisis.

The alliance will help member companies make and achieve bold commitments to fleet electrification, and is expected to boost the electric vehicle market by signalling the breadth and scale of corporate demand for electric vehicles -- expanding the business case for the production of a more diverse array of electric vehicle models. It will also provide a platform to coordinate support for policies that enable fleet electrification.

The alliance plans to address these challenges by providing a platform for members to collaborate to identify challenges and potential solutions and to leverage aggregate corporate demand to:

  • Production of new and increased volumes of EV models,
  • EV market growth and economies of scale,
  • Adoption of supportive policies and the removal of policy barriers, and
  • Peer-to-peer learning with regard to industry best practices. 

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“The climate crisis demands we decarbonise transportation -- the highest-emitting sector in the US -- and electric vehicles are an essential component of this transition,” said Ceres’ VP of Climate and Energy Sue Reid. “With companies controlling more than half the vehicles on the road in the US today, they have a tremendous role to play in leading the transition to electric vehicles -- both in terms of electrifying their own fleets and in leveraging their buying power to send a strong market signal to automakers and policymakers alike. The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is where the rubber hits the road.”

Inaugural members of the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance

Companies also have a clear economic incentive to electrify their fleets. Electric vehicles present significant benefits to companies, including cost savings on fuel and maintenance, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, freedom from reliance on volatile oil and gas prices, improved driver safety, enhanced company reputation, and bolstered workforce recruitment and retention. 

Ceres launched the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance to address the fact that the electric vehicle market is advancing, but not fast enough to meet the needs of every company.

Vehicle manufacturers aren't producing the necessary range of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicle models at the economies of scale many fleet operators need. There are also opportunities for an improved state and federal policy landscape to accelerate development and deployment of electric vehicles and infrastructure at scale.


“Electric vehicles stand to provide a huge benefit to the planet and to the economy," said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. "Consumers Energy is excited to join the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, which will provide an important way for fleet owners to share best practices and send a signal that corporations are ready to support this once-in-a-generation change,” 

 “Given our corporate commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030, electrifying our fleet is an essential step,” said John DeBoer, Head of Siemens eMobility and Future Grid Business Unit, North America. “We’re looking forward to joining with other companies to accelerate the adoption of EVs for fleets, consumers, transit agencies, and others through the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance.” 

“Electric vehicles stand to provide a huge benefit to the planet and to the economy," said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer. "Consumers Energy is excited to join the Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance, which will provide an important way for fleet owners to share best practices and send a signal that corporations are ready to support this once-in-a-generation change,” 

The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance is currently accepting new members. To learn more, click here.

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