Mitie deploys 3,000th electric vehicle

Mitie has welcomed the 3,000th electric vehicle (EV) to its fleet, which puts it on course to switch its fleet to zero emission vehicles by the end of 2025.

The Vauxhall Vivaro-e is based at Merryhill Shopping Centre in Dudley, West Midlands, on Mitie’s Greener Cities landscaping contract.

To make the vehicle more sustainable, it is fitted with solar panels on the roof that are used to charge the battery-powered landscaping tools and equipment such as electric trimmers, leaf blowers and lawn mowers.

Heidi Thompson, group fleet manager at Mitie, said: “Our 3000th EV puts Mitie on the road to a zero-emission fleet by the end of 2025, as part of our wider industry-leading target for net zero operations in that timeframe. It’s apt that Mitie’s 3000th vehicle is topped with solar panels to make it even more sustainable, as we drive wider innovation across our fleet and help decarbonise Britain.”

Since starting its EV transition in December 2018, 42% of Mitie’s UK-wide fleet is now electric. More than 1,000 new EVs joined the fleet during 2022.

During December, Mitie deployed 100 electric vans across its major contracts, including the Home Office and National Grid. As part of this month’s delivery, Mitie is also supporting the United States Visiting Forces’ ambition for a fully electric van fleet, as part of a wider facilities management partnership at US Air Force bases at RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, RAF Croughton, RAF Molesworth, RAF Alconbury, RAF Fairford and RAF Menwith Hill.

Mitie has also switched many of its larger and more specialist vehicles to electric as part of its EV strategy, including the UK’s first zero emission commercial gritter, ‘Gritter Thunberg’ and has installed more than 2,000 EV charging points across Mitie colleagues’ homes and customer sites.

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