Companies sign up to sustainable mobility
Spanish companies have embarked on the path to more efficient management of their fleets and rationalisation of their employees’ travel. Electric renting and corporate carsharing are also attractive options depending on the needs of each business. There is still a long way to go, but it is an unstoppable trend.
An increasing number of Spanish companies are opting for more efficient mobility models that will enable them to save on costs while improving their carbon footprint. Whether by renewing their fleets and replacing old combustion engine vehicles with less polluting vehicles, such as electric or hybrid plug-in vehicles, or with new services such as corporate carsharing.
Additionally, other work modalities are becoming widespread, such as teleworking or more flexible work schedules, which require greater fluidity and freedom of movement of all the teams.
Cases in which more environmentally sustainable mobility can be implemented include companies’ commercial fleets or those dedicated exclusively to the transport of goods, transport of employees to the workplace or the availability of vehicles for occasional trips to meetings.
Endesa – corporate carsharing
A possible solution for certain employee travel needs is corporate carsharing, which some companies have already begun to implement in their offices within their resource optimisation and social and environmental responsibility policy.
Corporate carsharing consists of having cars at head offices at employees’ disposal to meet their travel needs during their work day. It reduces costs, reducing fleet inactivity and taxi and car rental bills etc. If, additionally, carsharing is electric, you will ensure a reduction in CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, which could be 100% if the vehicles are powered by renewable energy.
In this regard, last year Endesa implemented a new electric carsharing service at seven company work centres (Barcelona, Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Zaragoza), so that all the employees can perform their work in urban environments in a sustainable and non-polluting manner. At present it has 28 vehicles in six cities.
Endesa’s employees have an online tool for reserving the vehicle by hours and even full days, which makes it possible to manage the operating procedure in an quick and simple way. Additionally, Endesa has installed specific infrastructure to recharge these vehicles so that they are charged and ready whenever the employees need them.
Pascual Group: The largest sustainable fleet in Europe
Pascual Quality renewed its Five Ecostar environmental certification in November 2015 with 2,447 vehicles, the largest fleet of vehicles with environmental certification in Europe. In addition, they have included fully electric vehicles which have replaced the company’s hybrid vehicles for their commercial visits to clients in Madrid and Barcelona. They also have electric delivery vans, ideal for limited circulation zones in cities.
The uncomplicated solution: make Car2Go your company’s car
Companies that need greater flexibility or that simply do not want to have their own or rented vehicles, opt for the special offers for companies made by carsharing platforms such as Car2Go. Daimler’s service in Madrid already has one thousand corporate customers.
“Flexible carsharing gives them total control over billing and itineraries, which greatly facilitates the process of deducting VAT on corporate travel,” explains Orazio Corva, Manager of Car2Go Madrid. “It could cost up to 70% less than a taxi.”
SMEs also sign up to the electric car
The most recent data published by the Corporate Vehicle Observatory (CVO), promoted by renting company Arval, suggest that 16% of Spanish companies intend to include electric cars in their fleets in the next three years. This interest has increased particularly among SMEs, up 2% on the previous year.
The corporate channel was responsible for more than six out of every ten electric car registrations in Spain last year, which demonstrates the interest in this efficient technology.
Even so, the 2017 Corporate Vehicle Observatory points out that diesel continues to be the most popular option for corporate mobility, although in the last year it has lost market share and presence in the corporate environment.
Some 32% of companies with larger fleets and 21% of SMEs admit having considered stopping using this fuel when renewing their vehicles, due both to the manipulation of emissions and the uncertainty created in relation to these engines.
In the case of renting, the electric car is gaining ground among Spanish companies that opt for long-term renting. According to the Corporate Vehicle Observatory, the registration of this type of car doubled in number compared to the previous year.