Over the next three years, we’re transitioning our fleet of 1,800+ trade and operations vehicles to a mix of Ford hybrid and electric models, further driving progress on our ESG goals. The move will replace aging vehicles on a rolling basis over three years, resulting in a projected annual 1000+ ton reduction in carbon emissions.
Why is transitioning to electric and hybrid cars important?
“Our sales and trade marketing representatives average nearly 27,000 miles a year in their territories across the fifty states –that’s a lot of time on the road,” says Ed Mirana, Senior Vice President, National Sales and Strategic Accounts. “With this move to hybrid vehicles, our sales and operations teams are driving progress on our sustainability ambitions.”
We are collaborating with Ford Pro to transition our current vehicle fleet to a mix of models, including the Escape SEL Hybrid, Explorer Limited Hybrid, Ford E-Transit, and Ford-150 Lightning. Included in the 1,800+ fleet are nearly 50 light-duty Operations vehicles used across our manufacturing facilities, which will be transitioned to a combination of hybrid and electric models as part of this initiative.
Carbon Reduction Goals
“We continue to push for new ways to reduce our use of resources and environmental impact. We have a bold global ambition for carbon-neutral operations by 2030 and reducing carbon emissions in our fleet is an important step on this journey. In addition, by 2024, more than 95% of all industrial vehicles used in Operations will be electric,” says Bernd Meyer, Executive Vice President of Operations. “With these significant changes and investments over the next few years, we are currently on track to meet a fleet carbon emission reduction of 50% by 2025.”
In 2022, approximately 650 hybrid and electric vehicles will replace internal combustible engine vehicles throughout the organization.
With this move, we join the BAT Group’s growing list of global markets, including Australia, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, and the Netherlands, where trade and operations fleet transitions to hybrid and electric vehicles are well underway.
To find out more about how we’re driving environmental excellence for a greener tomorrow globally, read BAT’s ESG Report.