National Grid joins Climate Group’s EV100 global initiative

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National Grid has pledged to electrify its own fleets and help its customers to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030 by joining the EV100 global initiative.

The EV100 initiative was established by the Climate Group to help companies and governments to accelerate the transition to EVs to mitigate climate change. Today, the initiative has 100 members who have made commitments to either switch entire fleets to EVs or help with the installation of EV charging stations. The installation of charging stations is one of the main barriers that are hindering the accelerated adoption of EVs. Other companies including utilities have also pledged to providing customers with rebates and incentive programmes to simplify the switch.

For instance, US utility PG&E has pledged to install charging stations across 175 locations. Iberdrola has pledged to change its fleet of 3,000 vehicles to EVs by 2030 whilst Centrica will transition its 10,,000 vehicles to EVs and BT group its 30,000 vehicles.

National Grid has pledged to switch its 5,784 fleets to EVs and install charging stations at all of its locations by 2030 in the UK and the US. The company will be deploying the charging stations in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island where the utility seeks to leverage the infrastructure for grid-to-vehicle capabilities to stabilise the network during times when demand is high. To date, National Grid has installed some 2,500 chargers and planning to increase the number with an additional 16,000 units, outside of California.

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The need to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector comes as the sector contributes almost 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the Northeast and 27% of emissions in the UK, making it the largest emitter in the UK, according to a statement.

Badar Khan, US president of National Grid, said: “In doing our part to reduce GHG emissions in the areas we serve, transportation is a sector National Grid cannot ignore.

“It is the fastest-growing contributor to climate change globally. By joining EV100, we are committing to fast-track transportation electrification and make a significant contribution by 2030. Over the next decade, we will work with other utilities, charging stations providers, automakers, policymakers, regulators, and our customers to put more EVs and charging stations on our streets.”

Amy Davidsen, executive director of North America at the Climate Group, adds: “As the first leading utility in the US to make an EV100 commitment to electrify its fleet, National Grid is pushing the bar for other utilities. They’re showing that the utility sector can play a significant role in speeding the transition to electric vehicles as well as the transition to a clean grid – both critical actions needed to fight climate change.”