Eighteen leading businesses, including IKEA, Geopost and E.On Drive, are calling for an EU-wide mandate that sets clear zero-emission corporate fleet targets for cars, vans and trucks.

The 18 companies, known as EV100, is part of Climate Group, a network of over 800 businesses committed to speeding up the shift to net zero.

The group is arguing that zero-emission corporate fleet targets for cars, vans and medium- and heavy-duty vehicles would be an “important measure” to accelerate the uptake of zero-emission vehicles in Europe.

In a letter to the European Commission, the group calls for a clear, well implemented mandate that would ensure the EU remains a key market for zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

It would also set a “clear direction to all EU fleet owners and operators that they should invest in ZEVs”, the group said. Investment by large firms will also boost the second-hand market for ZEVs tomorrow.

EV100 members have already committed to switch their fleets to electric by 2030, and EV100+ members are investing in zero emission technologies for heavier trucks too.

Dominic Phinn, Climate Group head of transport, said: “A corporate fleet mandate for all vehicles is a key tool the EU should be using to drive emissions down.

“EV100 and EV100+ members have welcomed the adoption of key regulations at EU level, such as the Regulation on CO2 emissions standards for cars, vans and MHDVs and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), and these will complement a fleet mandate by ensuring supply of ZEVs and consistent deployment of charging infrastructure across the EU.”

Davide Villa, E.On Drive chief executive, said: “Implementing a mandate for transport decarbonisation is crucial for achieving our climate goals and ensuring a sustainable future. Such a mandate provides businesses with the necessary certainty to invest in infrastructure and electric fleets today, paving the way for a significant reduction in emissions.”

Jean-Claude Sonet, Geopost EVP for marketing, communications and sustainability,said:

“Measures to accelerate the decarbonisation of corporate fleets can help speed up the transition of the road transport sector. These measures must be applied in an equitable manner and be supported by appropriate supply-side measures and enabling infrastructure.”