Mitie has added to its fleet of more than 1,000 electric vehicles (EVs) with its first zero-emission large van – a Vauxhall Vivaro-e.
The van is the first of 655 Vivaro-es on order for delivery this year, as Mitie pursues its goal of running 2,021 EVs by the end of the year.
The first van will be used by a Mitie frontline engineer and has been fitted out to make sure that it can carry all the equipment needed – while minimising weight – to help to maximise the battery’s range. Although Mitie began its transition to EVs in mid-2019, this was with a focus on cars and small vans, as there was then no viable alternative for its large diesel vans with an adequate range to manage the heavy loads carried by mobile engineering teams.
This vehicle is one of the first to be delivered to a former Interserve FM colleague, following Mitie’s acquisition of that business in November 2020. As a result, Mitie’s fleet has grown by about 2,000 vehicles, meaning the business anticipates having approximately 7,200 EVs by 2025.
Mitie aims to have a fully electric fleet by the end of 2025. This includes switching as many of its larger and more specialist vehicles wherever possible – such as Mitie’s recently launched zero-emission gritter, nicknamed ‘Gritter Thunberg’ in a nod to the Swedish environmental activist.
Simon King, Mitie’s director of sustainability and social value, said: “When we began our EV journey 18 months ago we thought switching our big vans would be one of our biggest challenges. However, with Vauxhall helping us overcome this hurdle, we’re very pleased to be passing the milestone of 1,000 zero-emission vehicles with the delivery of this Vivaro-e. With over 600 more set to join our fleet this year, we’re making great progress towards our target of 2,021 EVs in 2021 and helping even more Mitie fleet drivers switch to electric.”
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