News 24 October 2019

Mitie accelerates EV strategy as first electric vans hit the roads

  • Mitie’s first electric vans hit the roads
  • Nearly 100 electric cars have already been rolled out to employees in just four months
  • Mitie will switch 20% of its car and small van fleet to electric by 2020 as part of plans to build the UK’s largest fleet of electric vehicles

Mitie has taken the next step in its electric vehicle commitment and officially begun rolling out its first electric vans, with vehicles rolling out on roads across the UK from today. The new vans will join the 98 electric cars that Mitie already has in its fleet, following its commitment to switch 20% of its cars and small vans to electric by 2020. With some 200 Mitie electric vehicles (EVs) due to be on the roads by the end of this year and a further 300 already on order, Mitie is well on track to meet this target.

In fact, at some 700 vehicles, Mitie’s business-leading 20% by 2020 commitment sets an ambition to have the UK’s largest fleet of EVs by the end of next year. Given the large scale of this target, Mitie chose to start with smaller deliveries of vehicles from a range of manufactures to test and learn. This has been rapidly amplified by increasing to larger volumes for widespread rollout across the UK.

Mitie is also investing in the UK’s EV charging infrastructure and will be installing around 800 electric vehicle charge points at employees’ homes, Mitie offices and customer sites.

Given that its fleet is responsible for 93% of its carbon emissions, Mitie’s transition to electric vehicles will have a dramatic impact on its carbon footprint – the 20% by 2020 commitment alone will save 4,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Mitie also recently joined EV100, pledging to fully electrify its fleet by 2030*.

Simon King, Fleet and Procurement Director, Mitie, said:

“We’re delighted to see Mitie’s first-ever electric vans join our fleet, as our electric vehicle commitment rapidly becomes reality. Given that we run one of the UK’s largest fleets, with our 20% by 2020 pledge I’m proud that we’ve already set an ambitious target that sees us at the forefront of EV adoption. While we’re well on track to meet our goals, we all need to go further faster, if we want to limit the impact on climate change. We’re already looking ahead past cars and small vans, to see how we can get every other Mitie vehicle, from larger vans to scaffolding trucks and gritters, switched to electric as soon as possible.”