Three of the largest fleets in the UK have pledged to switch their vehicles to electrically-powered models by 2030.

British Gas owner Centrica, SSE and facilities management company Mitre – the third, seventh and eighth respectively – have all signed up to The Climate Change’s EV100 programme.

As well as switching its vehicles in the UK to electric propulsion by 2030, Centrica said it would do the same around the world. Its global fleet stands at 12,500 vehicles, while SSE has 3,500 vehicles and Mitre has 5,300.

SSE said would switch its retained fleet to electric and install charging points for its 21,000 employees to use by 2030, while Mitre said it would strive to hit the same target, subject to the availability and affordability of suitable vehicles and public charging facilities.

However, Mitre added it has pledged to move 20% of its 3,500-strong small van and car fleet to EV and install 800 new charging points by the end of 2020 at both its office and client locations, as well as at employee’s homes.

Helen Clarkson, CEO, of The Climate Group, said: “With demand for clean transport on the up, energy companies are looking to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure as the next frontier of investment in the clean and flexible energy system – and there are huge business opportunities for those who get ahead first. These companies are sending a clear message that the direction of travel for transport is electric, inspiring their staff and customers to follow – every major business must do the same.”

“As a major fleet operator and property occupier across the UK and Ireland, the commitments being made through EV100 are in line with SSE’s ambition to deliver low carbon infrastructure in a sustainable way,” added Brian McLaren, SSE director of group change.