Mitie's first electric van outside Edinburgh Castle.
Celebrating EV Milestones in Scotland
Edinburgh Castle and Fife College have taken delivery of Mitie's 100th and 101st electric vehicles (EV) as part of the facility services group's commitment to switch 20 per cent of its car and small van fleet to electric by the end of 2020.
The new zero-emission van which has been delivered to Edinburgh Castle will support a specialist cleaning contract with Historic Environment Scotland which involves a portfolio of over 50 ancient monuments including Stirling Castle and Melrose Abbey.
Mitie is providing cleaning and waste management services at different Fife College sites, and it is anticipated the new van will help boost the College's eco-credentials.
Simon King, Mitie's Fleet and Procurement Director, believes Local Council support for additional EV infrastructure will accelerate the rollout of EVs in Scotland. He says:
"When it came to finding our new electric vans a home, Edinburgh was the natural choice. We’re proud to play our part in helping the city achieve its goal of becoming zero-carbon and introducing the first electric vehicles to Edinburgh Castle and Fife College.
"However, to help us spread our electric fleet even further, we need Local Councils across Scotland, from towns and cities to the rural countryside, to support the adoption of EVs by increasing the number of rapid charge points throughout the country."