E.ON Software Development goes electric!

E.ON Software Development goes electric!

If you live in Iași or have visited recently, you may have noticed around a small and flirty electric car branded with E.ON. Well, that's part of E.ON Software Development's car fleet and we couldn't be prouder of it.

E.ON Drive Programme

At E.ON we’re committed to preserving the world, enabling a future worth living for generations to come and we can achieve this by making energy smarter and sustainable through innovation. Luckily, we're not alone in this endeavor. More and more companies around the world are driven by innovative technologies focusing around sustainability, new resources and customer satisfaction. We endorse contributions for a greener future and this is precisely what the electric car can deliver.

As of 2020, E.ON Software Development started to promote the E.ON Drive Programme aimed at bringing more electric cars on the roads. As part of this programme we became the proud owners of a BMW i3 Full Electric, which can now be driven by our ESD colleagues.

The i3 is BMW's first mass-produced zero emissions vehicle. The three-door hatchback coupe is propelled by an electric motor with a maximum output of 168 hp and peak torque of 250 N·m. Powered by a Li-ion battery pack placed under the floor, it has an all-electric range of 160 km.

Electric benefits

There are several great benefits to electric vehicles over conventional fuel cars. They are cheaper to run, cheaper to maintain and, most important, better for the environment. This means:

  • Less pollution - By choosing to drive an EV you are helping reduce harmful air pollution from exhaust emissions. An EV has zero exhaust emissions.
  • Renewable energy - If you use renewable energy to recharge your EV you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions even further.  You could recharge your EV from your solar PV system during the day instead of doing it from the grid. 
  • Eco-friendly materials - There is also a trend towards more eco-friendly production and materials for EVs. The i3 has door panels made of hemp, which mixed with plastic helps lower the weight of each panel by about 10%. Hemp fibers, left exposed, also form a design element of the car's interior and contribute to sustainability. Further environmental consciousness is reflected in the optional leather seat which is tanned with olive-leaf extract and in the dashboard trim, made from environmentally refined wood from certified cultivation in Europe.

We encourage our colleagues to care about the environment and to assume an important role as stewards of the environment. Driving a full electric vehicle has a positive impact on the air we breathe in Iasi and, fun fact, let's not forget that you get to park in the free parking spaces around the city.

Caring about sustainability

Fuel is the dominant contributor to human activity related climate change, accounting for around 60% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. As cars make up 72% of the Co2 emissions in this sector (followed by planes, with 10%), the market of electric cars has been growing and seems to be a good solution to fight climate change. Pure electric cars don't produce carbon dioxide emissions when driving, thus improving air quality, giving us cleaner streets and making our cities a better place to live. Over a year, just one electric car on the roads can save an average 1.5 million grams of CO2. That’s the equivalent of four return flights from London to Barcelona.

Key sustainability facts

Key Sustainability - Lightbulbs
If people worldwide switched to energy efficient light bulbs, the world would save 105 billion euros annually.
Key Sustainability - Fonts
Switching from the font ‘Arial’ to ‘Century Gothic’ saves 30% ink on printing.
Key Sustainability - Trees
Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees.
Key Sustainability - Water
70% of the world is covered by water, yet only 2.5% of it is fresh and only 1% of it is easily accessible for human use.

With a recent history that started in 2017, EON Software Development is one of the newest companies within E.ON Romania. E.ON Software Development’s main location is in Iași, but we also have colleagues contributing from Bucharest, and most recently a new colleague joined in Timișoara.