Enel X, the advanced energy services arm of the Enel Group, announced June 29 it is working with Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) to electrify the global biotechnology company’s employee commercial fleet, according to an Enel X press release.
As a member of the Climate Group’s EV100, a global initiative of companies accelerating the global transition to electric vehicles (EVs), Biogen is committed to transitioning its global fleet of over 1,000 vehicles to EVs by 2025.
This collaboration with Enel X advances progress on Biogen’s Healthy Climate, Healthy Lives initiative to go fossil fuel free by 2040 and improve public health by advancing global targets for climate change and air pollution reduction.
According to the IEA, private sector demand for zero-emission commercial vehicles has accelerated the market for EVs. Through the collaboration, Biogen will provide employees with Enel X JuiceBox smart home charging stations, offering employees the convenience to charge company EVs at home, where more than 80% of EV charging typically takes place.
Enel X is providing Biogen with a turnkey fleet management solution, including JuiceBox smart charging stations and JuiceNet Fleet IoT software to manage the electric fleet through optimized charging times, and remote access control for station monitoring, as well as real-time monitoring and reporting.
This will provide Biogen with a clean charging option for its take-home fleet, reduce Biogen’s fleet operating costs over the lifetime of the EVs, and help balance the grid by using off-peak charging, which generates bill savings for the customer and reduces strain on the grid during peak periods. Additionally, Biogen is providing its take-home fleet drivers with Enel X’s JuiceEco, to match the energy consumed by each EV during charging with carbon-free electricity.
“Many of the world’s largest companies are embracing the next major evolution in sustainability commitments by electrifying their fleets,” said Giovanni Bertolino, head of e-Mobility, Enel X North America, in the press release. “Enel X is expanding take-home fleet solutions for Fortune 1000 companies as they pursue decarbonization strategies. Our relationship with Biogen will play a significant role in helping the company meet its electrification commitments, reduce emissions and deliver cost savings."
“With this collaboration, we are following the science, which clearly shows an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions, and are also seeking an opportunity to promote public health by eliminating vehicle emissions,” said Jennifer Wright, director of environmental sustainability at Biogen. “We hope to advance both those goals through our work with Enel X to electrify our commercial vehicles, which is an important milestone in Biogen’s commitment to go fossil fuel free.”