Mitie pledges to electrify its 5,300 strong fleet by 2030
Facilities management and professional services company Mitie has signed up to the EV100 initiative, committing to transition its fleet of 5,300 vehicles to electric by 2030. This is in addition to its commitment to ensure 20 per cent of its small van and car fleet is electric prior to the end of 2020.
EV100 is a global initiative by non-profit organisation The Climate Group, which brings together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, to make electric transport the ‘new normal’ by 2030. The pledge aims to increase demand, drive mass roll-out and make electric cars more rapidly affordable for everyone. Electric vehicles represent a tangible solution to climate change, as well as curbing air and noise pollution.
Joining EV100 is the latest commitment from Mitie in its drive to electrify its large fleet, having already achieved Go Ultra Low status and signed the Clean Van Commitment in January 2019. By the end of 2020, Mitie will also have installed 800 new charging points at both its offices and client locations, as well as employee’s homes.
Mitie is also in discussions with suppliers to negotiate a deal for renewable energy, which it plans to make available to its electric vehicle drivers. This builds on the deal already in place for REGO backed power to the charging points at Mitie offices.
Mitie’s 2020 pledge is already under way with 400 cars and small vans ordered. Recognising that there is a void in the market for large light commercial vehicles, the company has also called on van manufacturers to open discussions around developing viable models for highly mobile fleets.
Simon King, Fleet and Procurement Director, said: “We are incredibly proud to be leading the way in transitioning our fleet to electric vehicles. We want to encourage more companies to follow suit, which is why supporting initiatives such as EV100 are increasingly important. We are keen to support likeminded companies who also want to reap the same rewards and limit their impact on climate change.”
James Beard, EV100 Campaign Manager, The Climate Group, said: “As one of the UK’s major fleet operators, Mitie’s EV100 commitment will cut emissions and toxic air pollution from its vans and accelerate the wider shift to electric vehicles. With highly mobile fleets, the facilities services sector is well-placed to reap the financial and environmental benefits of electric vehicles. We expect to see many more companies following Mitie’s example - and automakers stepping up to meet the huge demand from corporates.”