Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) has completed the world’s largest handover of the ID. Buzz Cargo, delivering 100 of these all-electric vehicles to Helion, the Swiss solar market leader. This significant event took place at the Attisholz site in Switzerland on January 29, marking a pivotal moment in Helion’s commitment to climate-neutral operations.
The transition to this electric fleet is expected to enable Helion to save approximately 300 tonnes of CO2 annually, showcasing the company’s dedication to environmental sustainability. Helion’s CEO, Noah Heynen, emphasized the organization’s role in promoting the energy transition, stating, “With the conversion of our commercial vehicle fleet to electric power, we are also driving forward the energy transition within the company. We Helionauts will tackle the corresponding challenges together.”
This transition is not just about adopting new vehicles; it’s a comprehensive shift in Helion’s operational approach. To ensure a smooth transition, Helion established an operational support group to test the vehicles and address potential challenges. Significant investments were made in enhancing the charging infrastructure at all Helion branches, and support was provided for employees to charge vehicles at home.
The ID. Buzz Cargo, chosen for Helion’s fleet, stands out for its sustainability and efficiency. With a range of up to 427 kilometers, as per the WLTP standard, it is particularly suited for the dense and fast charging network in Switzerland. Its performance is highly advantageous for company fleets, especially considering the typical operating radius of around 100 kilometers.
Lars Krause, a member of the Board of Management responsible for Sales and Marketing at VWCV, highlighted the vehicle’s significance, “The ID. Buzz stands for sustainable mobility like no other commercial vehicle. Together with our partners, we are driving forward the energy transition in the commercial vehicle sector.”
This initiative not only represents a significant step towards sustainable business practices but also influences customer perceptions. As Heynen notes, “customers benefit from even more sustainable solar systems, as Helion technicians are now all on the road with electric commercial vehicles. This further improves the carbon footprint of our products.”
Through this strategic move, Helion and VWCV are not only advancing their own sustainability goals but are also setting a benchmark for the industry, demonstrating how commercial fleets can effectively contribute to combating climate change and promoting energy transition.