- Mitie has been named the ‘Green Fleet of the Year’ at the Business Car Awards 2020
- The award was given in recognition of Mitie’s UK-leading electric vehicle (EV) fleet transition, with nearly 800 EVs already in its fleet
- As part of its Plan Zero commitment, Mitie will switch the rest of its 5,500 strong fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2025
Mitie has been crowned ‘Green Fleet of the Year’ at the Business Car Awards 2020, during a virtual ceremony held on 22 October 2020. Mitie was named the winner in recognition of its ambitious and business-leading electric vehicle (EV) rollout and commitment to switch its entire fleet1 to zero emission by 2025. Business Car is the UK’s largest fleet magazine, with its annual awards highlighting the UK’s best business fleets, company vehicles and individuals leading the industry.
The award win comes after Mitie recently announced that it has raced past its pledge to switch 20% of its cars and small vans to EV by 2020, meeting the target three months ahead of schedule. Mitie now has nearly 800 EVs on its fleet, with around 25 more being delivered every week. Based on the current delivery rate and order pipeline, Mitie will have over 900 electric cars and vans by the end of the year.
Mitie now has an ‘electric first’ policy for all vehicle procurement, with all cars pure electric and any non-electric vans needing senior approval based on essential business need. However, the award also recognises Mitie’s efforts to reduce the emissions of its diesel vehicles that are yet to be switched. This has included the rollout of telematics to improve driver behaviour, resulting in Mitie receiving a Masternaut Gold Award for its CO2 reduction, as well as the addition of real-time ‘performance traffic lights’ on vehicle dashboards. Mitie’s Fleet Team also installed buzzers which sound when a vehicle is left idling – this initiative alone created an annual fuel saving of £88,000.
With an ambitious rollout plan, Mitie has gone from initial vehicle delivery in July 2019, to the UK’s largest EV fleet2 in less than 18 months. Given the rapid and large-scale nature of its EV transition, Mitie has gained significant experience and identified innovative solutions to overcome challenges along the way. In order to magnify the environmental impact and support more businesses in making the switch to electric, Mitie has recently launched a Plan Zero Fleet Transition Service. Covering every aspect of the EV journey, from vehicle procurement and charge point installation through to employee behaviour, the service is designed to help fleets take their own steps towards a zero emission fleet. With a whole life cost approach, the transition will, in many cases, create financial savings for businesses.
Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie, said:
“When we began our EV journey less than 18 months ago, it was simply because we believe that cutting our fleet’s emissions was the right thing to do, by our planet and our people. It’s also proving positive for our pocket too. I’m incredibly proud to have our hard work recognised by being named EV Fleet of the Year, however, we’re not taking our foot off the accelerator here. The climate crisis is not one that we can solve alone. As well as driving our own electric rollout, we’re committed to helping other businesses switch to zero emission fleets too.”
1Subject to an appropriate zero emission model being available on the market
2 Based on publicly available information
Mitie has achieved a landmark moment in its electric vehicle (EV) strategy, having passed its target of switching 20% of its cars and small vans to electric.
Mitie has launched its new industry-leading ‘Plan Zero’ commitment, pledging that it will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2025.
As businesses across the country seek to set new ways of working, many are re-focusing on their net zero targets and supporting the nation’s green recovery. With transport generating the largest volume of CO2 in the UK, at 34% of the UK’s CO2 emissions*, transitioning to a zero-emission fleet is the obvious place to start.