Amazon, AT&T, IKEA, Clif Bar, DHL, & Others Launch “Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance” | CleanTechnica
As indicated in the headline, initial partners include Amazon, AT&T, IKEA, Clif Bar, and DHL. Also on the banner of “flagship members” are Consumers Energy, Direct Energy, LeasePlan, Genentech, Siemens, and Lime. What do flagship members get and give for their involvement? “The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance will help member companies make and achieve bold commitments to fleet electrification, and is expected to boost the electric vehicle market by signaling 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,” Ceres writes. “It will also provide a platform to coordinate support for policies that enable fleet electrification.”
Furthermore, the organization notes that there is not a broad enough variety of EV models and certainly not the volume of production/supply needed to bring about compelling economies of scale. “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. Automakers are not 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.
“The Corporate Electric Vehicle Alliance helps address these challenges by providing a platform for members to collaborate to identify challenges and potential solutions, and to leverage aggregate corporate demand to:
Expand production of new and increased volumes of electric vehicle models,
Grow the electric vehicle market and improve economies of scale,
Encourage the adoption of supportive policies and the removal of policy barriers, and
Foster peer-to-peer learning by sharing industry best practices.”