Mitie Welcomes Zero Emission Large Van
The addition of a Vauxhall Vivaro-e van to its fleet brings Mitie closer to its target of 2,021 EVs by the end of 2021.
The vehicle, the first of 655 Vivaro-e vans on order for delivery this year, has been fitted out to meet the requirements of a frontline engineer by accommodating all necessary equipment without compromising weight or battery range.
Mitie embarked on its EV transition in mid-2019, with a focus on cars and small vans as there were no viable alternatives for its large diesel vans at that time.
Following the company’s acquisition of Interserve in November 2020, the size of its total fleet has increased to more than 2,000 vehicles, and the business anticipates 7,200 EVs will be required by 2025, as Mitie’s commitment includes converting or switching as many of its larger, or more specialist vehicles, over to electricity as soon as possible – with the company recently launching a zero emission gritter.
Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, comments:
“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.”
Paul Willcox, managing director of Stellantis subsidiary, Vauxhall Motors, adds:
“Congratulations to Mitie on passing one thousand electric vehicles on its fleet and for being at the forefront of driving Britain to a more sustainable future. At Vauxhall we are proud that they have chosen our award-winning, all-electric Vivaro-e van, and joined a growing number of pioneering firms in Britain who want to have no compromise in the capability of their vehicle fleet but also want to improve their environmental impact and lower their running costs.”