We pursue a three-pillar strategy to ensure a climate-friendly fleet management strategy:
We plan to keep average CO2 emissions levels of all of the new cars we purchase (company and service vehicles) below 95 g CO2/km by the end of 2020 in Germany. With this in mind, we are looking to increase the number of vehicles with alternative drive concepts. For a while now, we have been using a certain number of vehicles powered by natural gas and electricity. We currently favor natural gas, especially for service vehicles. In addition, we are promoting the use of electric drive systems for service applications in specific pilot projects and usage scenarios. Efficient diesel vehicles will also continue to be used in the years ahead for economic reasons. Vehicles with gasoline engines generate higher CO2 emissions and higher costs than their diesel equivalents, so they only offer a viable alternative in low-mileage applications.
Natural gas as an alternative: new fuel card for natural gas filling stations
Our fleet management team checks whether natural gas filling stations are available at a particular location before offering vehicles powered by this fuel. In the year under review, a new compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel card was added to the portfolio with a view to using as many of Germany’s 860 or so natural gas filling stations as possible. The CNG fleet grew to 60 vehicles in 2018. Around 140 further such vehicles currently on order will soon join these. The focus is on service vehicles due to the models available at present on the market. Given the efficiency and environmental benefits of CNG, we will continue promoting the use of natural gas vehicles. We believe they offer significant further potential as an interim solution on the way to electric mobility.
Electric vehicles: pilot projects, vehicle tests, and expanding the charging infrastructure
To make the most of the benefits of electric mobility in the medium term, we have been supplying electric vehicles for pilot projects and specific usage scenarios since 2014. In addition, electric vehicles were tested with a number of service units throughout Germany in 2018 to ascertain their suitability for various applications. This revealed that it is possible to use electric vehicles for activities that can be planned, as long as the necessary charging infrastructure is in place and journeys are within a radius of 100 km.
On the basis of these findings, we will be joining a number of other prestigious companies from mid-2019 onward and participating in the “Renewably mobile” support project. In this connection, we have undertaken to purchase a total of 110 electric vehicles as well as charging points. These vehicles will be introduced throughout Germany – mostly service vehicles, but also electric rental cars and an e-shuttle.
The newly founded company Comfort Charge has been helping further expand the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles since the beginning of 2018 by upgrading the existing telecommunications infrastructure in Germany to create a nationwide e-charging network. For further information, please refer to the section on customers.
Extensive choice of mobility options
One of the ways we encourage our commuting employees to actively protect the climate is by enabling them to buy discount season tickets for local and regional public transportation. Regrettably, demand has been falling for around three years now and fewer of these tickets are being issued. We also rely on other modern forms of mobility including our shuttle service, which we have been offering for ten years, loaner bikes for getting around in the city, and rental cars. Midway through 2018, the first three Deutsche Telekom locations were equipped with a charging infrastructure for employees’ electric vehicles. Darmstadt, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Berlin, and Hamburg will follow early in 2019.
On the go and green: e-bikes, shuttles, and rental bikes
Since 2015, we have offered our employees in Germany the chance to purchase a bicycle or e-bike through deferred compensation schemes as a green and healthy alternative. With the support of Telekom MobilitySolutions, employees can lease a bicycle through their employer for three years. The monthly payments are subtracted from the employee’s gross salary. The new offer has met with a tremendous response right from the off. By the end of 2018, over 5,100 colleagues were already making use of this option – an increase of 100 percent compared to the previous year. Since 2018, employees have also had the option of obtaining a second bicycle through deferred compensation schemes.
We provide shuttle services between different locations, e.g., to the Cologne/Bonn airport or the Siegburg ICE train station to reduce the carbon footprint of business trips. Roughly 125,000 passengers used this service in 2018. Employees can use an app or visit the intranet to conveniently book a shuttle.
A total of 240 rental bicycles, including some e-bikes, are also available at more than 30 Deutsche Telekom locations in Germany for employees to get to their business appointments within the city. In addition, we have supplied a further 50 bicycles in five cities as a mobility solution for temporary student workers in the service team.