Johnson Controls is a worldwide leader in fire, HVAC and security equipment for buildings. It employs more than 105,000 people in around 2,000 locations across six continents and can trace its roots back to 1883 when Warren S. Johnson, a professor at the Whitewater Normal School in Whitewater, Wisconsin, received a patent for the first electric room thermostat.
Arval has a longstanding relationship with Johnson Controls, providing the vast majority of its 30,000 unit international fleet as part of its Element partnership, and is responsible for 2,800 company cars in the UK alone.
With 2021 perceived as a pivotal year for electric vehicle (EV) adoption, Johnson Controls wanted to be able to integrate EVs into their company car choice lists for the first time and so started intensive conversations with Arval’s consultancy team.
A key consideration was that because the Johnson Controls’ fleet is operated across 26 European countries, the difficulties of using whole life cost (WLC) methodologies to include EVs on the same choice lists as diesel and petrol vehicles were insurmountable, so an alternative solution was required.