21.4.2021Mitie marks its 1,000th EV in order from Vauxhall
Facilities management business Mitie has ordered 655 Vivaro-e electric vans from Vauxhall. The first of these in now with Mitie and marks the 1,000th electric vehicle in the company’s fleet.
Mitie made a pledge with the Climate Group initiative EV100 to decarbonise its fleet 18 months ago. At the time, the company thought switching its larger vans would be one of its biggest challenges, said Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value at Mitie. However, with the latest order of the 655 Vauxhall electric vans set to join Mitie's fleet this year, the company expects to reach its target of 2,021 EVs in 2021.
This isn’t the first major order for the Vivaro-e in the UK. In February, Centrica ordered 2,000 additional Vivaro-e from Vauxhall for its subsidiary British Gas to make a total of 3,000 of the electric vans to be in operation by next year. In August 2020, Vauxhall announced an order from Openreach, one of the UK’s largest fleet operators, for 270 Vivaro-e and nine Corsa-e. Openreach’s parent company BT Group joined the EV100 initiative in December 2018.
Mitie joined the Climate Group’s EV100 initiative in 2019 and the EV100 annual report was released in February this year. The EV100 report reveals a continuing lack of available zero-emission commercial vehicles, but also a massive upsurge in the electrification of fleets in the UK.
For this order, Mitie chose the 75 kWh version of the electric van in two wheelbase variants (L1 and L2). The familiar 100 kW motor on the front axle is still provided by Vitesco Technologies. The range, according to the WLTP standard, is given as 330 kilometres.
In practice, however, the range is likely to be somewhat less. Since the vehicles are used by Mitie technicians and engineers, they have a special conversion in the cargo area. The equipment and tools required for the work naturally increase the weight and thus the power consumption, although Vauxhall points out that the conversion has been done to keep the weight as low as possible to maximise range.