Considering the lifecycle emissions of Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles compared to Electric Vehicles and the impact of on-site renewable energy generation to power charging stations.
As sustainability takes center stage in the corporate world, fleet owners are seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a greener alternative to Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, but the true environmental impact goes beyond just the transition to EVs and installing charging infrastructure. In this blog, we will discuss lifecycle emissions and explore how incorporating solar systems in EV infrastructure can lead to significant sustainability progress.
Electric Vehicles vs. Internal Combustion Engines
Transitioning to an all-electric fleet might seem an obvious choice for sustainability-conscious fleet owners. EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions and offer a promising reduction in greenhouse gases during vehicle operation. However, to fully assess the environmental impact, we need to consider the entire lifecycle of both EVs and ICE vehicles.
Source: Polestar and Rivian Pathway Report (2023)
The Role of On-site Solar Generation in EV Infrastructure
While electric vehicles undeniably offer a greener alternative to conventional vehicles during operation, their true environmental impact extends beyond just on-road emissions. Incorporating on-site renewable energy generation, like solar, to power EV charging infrastructure not only lessens grid dependence but also cuts carbon emissions and reduces operational expenditures (OPEX). By viewing carbon emissions holistically, fleet owners can accelerate the adoption of greener transportation solutions and meet sustainability goals.
Driving Progress with Integrated Energy Solutions
Centrica Business Solutions designs and builds efficient energy infrastructure. By combining solar power with EV charging stations, our team helps corporations achieve the most sustainable solution for their fleets, minimizing their carbon footprint and OPEX. Contact us to learn more.
As a Senior Account Executive at Centrica Business Solutions, Stephan helps commercial customers implement sustainability and resiliency improvements, such as energy efficiency upgrades, on-site generation and storage, and EV fleet conversion and charging solutions.