Mitie Landscapes has launched what it claims is the UK’s first commercial zero-emission gritting service, using a 100 per cent electric gritter and sustainable white marine salt.
Its EV gritter is being trialled with businesses in Nottingham. The service builds on Mitie’s electric vehicle commitments, with the EV gritter joining more than 900 other EVs in the group’s fleet.
The vehicle is a 100 per cent electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached. Both the EV and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy to make the service fully zero-emission.
The gritter is following a specially designed route to maximise the number of sites it can de-ice on one charge. Although it currently lasts about five hours between charging, as the trial continues Mitie said it will review how and where it is used to make the process more efficient, before rolling out to more cities ahead of next winter.
Mitie Landscapes designed the zero-emission electric gritting service to support customers looking to cut their environmental impact – particularly those in high-pollution cities. The venture also builds on Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2025, while also supporting its customers in reaching their own sustainability targets.
This includes Mitie’s leading electric vehicle commitments – the group has more than 900 pure electric vehicles in its fleet, with up to 25 more being delivered each week.
Tim Howell, Mitie Landscapes’ managing director, said: “When people think about cutting carbon emissions, gritting may not seem an obvious place to start. However, to be truly sustainable, businesses need to consider every aspect of their operations. We’re proud to be launching the UK’s first zero-emission gritting service to help our customers keep their sites safe while minimising their impact on the planet.”
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