Calidad Pascual and Endesa, firmly committed to 100% electric vehicles
The two companies have joined forces in a pilot project in Palma de Mallorca, with a common objective: to prove that companies can electrify their entire fleets of delivery vehicles.
Calidad Pascual has been reducing the environmental impact of its industrial vehicles for some time now. It was the first company to adhere to the new transport regulation enforced by the Regional Government of Catalonia, establishing significant reductions in toxic emissions and it also obtained a Special Mention by the Jury of the Acció 21 Awards, organised by the City Council of Barcelona in 2012, for its sustainable fleet. Even back then, it had vehicles powered by alternative fuels such as natural gas (NGV) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), with lower levels of NOX and particulate emissions.
Last year it presented the second phase of its Sustainable Mobility Plan for Catalonia, aimed at reducing its carbon footprint in the region, with a particular focus on Barcelona. Its fleet now includes an increasing number of electric vehicles, which do not directly emit any contaminating substances. The company has carried out similar initiatives in other regions of Spain particularly affected by transportation pollution, such as Madrid.
Calidad Pascual recently presented its most ambitious plan, in collaboration with Endesa: the first step to electrifying its entire commercial fleet in Spain. During the 2nd Conference on Mobility and Sustainable Tourism held in Malaga, the two companies announced the launch of an electric mobility demonstration project on the island of Majorca, which will also serve as an incentive for other companies. According to the Sustainable Mobility coordinator at Calidad Pascual, José Carlos Espeso, the aim is to test “whether electric mobility today is a real option that guarantees commercial mobility for companies that cover over 15 million kilometres per year, visiting 150,000 points of sale”. And he issued a word of warning: “We want this pilot project to serve as a turning point in Spain for companies when it comes to making decisions”.
The 4-week pilot project will begin on the 23 October. It has the support of 8 major vehicle manufacturers: BMW, Hyundai, KIA, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen. They will provide seven 100% electric models and one plug-in hybrid vehicle, which will be used by Pascual’s sales personnel for visiting their clients in Palma de Mallorca.
Elena Bernárdez, head of electric mobility at Endesa, commented “we are really proud to be able to develop this pilot project with Calidad Pascual, a company with which we share a commitment to sustainable mobility and improving the environment”. Endesa has been transforming its commercial fleet into an electric fleet for some time now and specifically in Majorca, where around 90% of its sales employees already use pure electric vehicles. “This proves that electric mobility, with a suitably-sized and appropriate support infrastructure, is possible”, concluded Bernárdez.