is our mission

Transport represents almost one-fifth of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Moreover, air pollutants are now considered the world’s largest environmental health risk, and a major cause of premature death and disease. The world needs rapid action on reducing harmful emissions.

We want to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility. Sustainability is at the core of our mission.

Our contribution

The average lifespan of a bus or truck is between 10 – 25 years, with huge upfront costs. For companies to replace their entire fleet with brand-new electric vehicles (EV) would not only involve a large investment, but it would also be environmentally damaging. That is why we have designed a product that allows anyone, especially municipalities, public transport operators, and bus/truck manufacturing companies, to change their existing fleet without incurring the financial or environmental costs of complete replacement.

We have made it economically rational to be environmentally friendly.

Our solutions

pepper’s core product is a kit that enables the conversion of diesel buses and trucks to electric vehicles.

Key sustainability features of pepper’s solutions:

  • Virtually zero local emissions in the operating phase*
  • Development of ‘Second-life’ & ‘Third-life’ concepts for our batteries to reduce production of new batteries
  • Highly energy-efficient drive and control systems
  • ‘Design for re-use’ and ‘Design for recycle’ approaches in the development of new components
  • Disposal of old diesel parts according to the 4R’s of sustainable waste management (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Recover)
  • Short and local supply chains to reduce emissions and support the local economy (approx. 80% of our Tier A suppliers are from Germany and 20% from the EU)

* Bio-diesel is used in the Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system of our buses, when it is not electrically powered. Added to that, the air conditioning coolant has a low CO2 impact..
** Tier A are those suppliers most relevant to the production of our electrification kit.

In addition to our kit, we develop software solutions in-house to manage the EV’s charging infrastructure. Through these smart solutions, our clients can not only regulate their power consumption and keep costs low, but also forecast their energy demand and usage.

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Our mission

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Emission-free mobility with pepper

Our product is aligned with the EU’s Paris Conference of Parties (COP) commitment to reduce the bloc’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.
In addition to the EU, we are in line with the German government’s goal of increasing the use of clean road-transport vehicles. Owing to ambitious German and EU-targets as well as regulatory support, we see huge potential in market growth for the deployment of our low- and zero-emission vehicles.

Detailed info and further links to the mentioned guidelines and topics can be found in our sustainability strategy.

The CO2 reductions of a bus repowered by pepper are 68 tons per year compared to a new diesel bus.*

* with an annual mileage of 60,000 km and a lifespan of 12 years, based on internal calculations

Sustainability awards

We have already received several awards for our sustainable mobility solutions for buses and trucks – something we are proud of.

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We practice sustainability

We are aware of our responsibility to the environment, to society and to strong governance standards. We understand our customers’, suppliers’, employees’, and investors’ expectations regarding corporate sustainability and recognize the importance of sustainable business practices.

We adhere to the relevant rules and regulations and are aligned with industry best practices to ensure we follow Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards.

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We commit to improving our environmental performance across our internal business operations and are striving hard to encourage our business partners to do the same.

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We commit to respecting the needs of and promoting the well-being of our clients, employees and the wider community in general.

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We commit to remain transparent, fair, and honest in our business activities.

Further information on ESG targets can also be found in the Sustainability Strategy (see download).

You want to learn more?

Sustainability strategy

Download our full sustainability strategy.


Sustainability report 2021

Download our sustainability report 2021.


Code of Conduct for Suppliers

This Code of Conduct lays down principles for our suppliers in the areas of environmental management, social responsibility and business ethics. It is intended to ensure that our suppliers share the same values as our company and to strengthen our mutual understanding of sustainable and ethical business practices.

You can download the Code of Conduct for Suppliers right here.



Send us a no-obligation inquiry – we will be happy to advise you on everything from repowering to charging management.