Burger King makes progress on its electric vehicle commitment

The burger chain has transitioned nearly one-third of its field team fleet to electric vehicles.
Electric Vehicle.
Burger King's parent company aims to cut its greenhouse emissions in half. / Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Burger King is going electric.

The fast-food chain wants to transition 100% of its field team fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, and it says making progress on that commitment.

The field team drives up to tens of thousands of miles each month, according to the burger giant, which has replaced 31% of its North American fleet with EVs so far.

“Franchisee success is the end goal of everything our field team does, and restaurant visits are critical to this partnership,” said Jeromy Gwin, Burger King corporate franchise business partner, in a statement. “I’m proud to work for a company that allows me to do my job in a more sustainable way.”

The move to greener vehicles supports a goal set by Burger King’s parent company—Restaurant Brands International—to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.

Burger King teamed up with Element Fleet Management to source the EVs and launch the program.

“It was instantly clear Burger King is serious about following through with their commitments and finding solutions that have long-term payoff and positive impact on the environment,” said David Madrigal, chief commercial officer at Element Fleet Management. “The brand’s enthusiasm for the goal, combined with the team’s responsiveness and active partnership enabled us to mobilize vehicle sourcing and charging infrastructure installations at record speed—making this our fastest program launch across the nation to date.”

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