18.1.2022Mitie hits 30% electric fleet target early
Mitie, a leading UK facilities management company, has reached its fleet electrification targets three months early. Its initial target was to convert 30% of its fleet to zero emission electric vehicles (EV) by March 2022. Now, the company has increased its target to electrify 35% of its fleet within the same timeframe.
The transition to a pure-electric fleet is a central component of Mitie’s Plan Zero commitment to eliminate carbon emissions from its power and transport. According to the company, its current fleet of EVs reduces the company’s annual CO2 emissions by around 10,000 tonnes.
As of the end of 2021, Mitie's total comprised more than 2,000 EVs, with 15 different models - including a range of electric cars, vans, and a gritter. The vehicles are based throughout the UK, from the Scottish Highlands and Islands down to the Cornish coast, as well as EVs working on Mitie’s contracts supporting the UK’s Overseas Territories, including Ascension Island.
“Switching 30% of our fleet to electric by the end of March 2022 was already an ambitious target, so to have hit this milestone three months ahead of schedule is an incredible achievement and testament to the hard work of the Mitie Fleet Team,” said Peter Dickinson, Chief of Staff at Mitie.
“Pushing ourselves to go further, faster, while bringing others along with us on our journey to net zero, is a hallmark of our Plan Zero commitment. By creating the UK’s largest fleet of electric vehicles in just three years, we’re dedicated to sharing our first-hand expertise and learnings with our customers to help decarbonise Britain.”
While Mitie has a detailed timeline to switch the rest of its vehicles to zero emission by 2025, the Mitie Fleet Team has also put a series of measures in place to reduce the emissions of its existing petrol and diesel vehicles, such as a Telematics Driver Behaviour system that has reduced diesel consumption by 75,000 litres and saved 19.5 tonnes of CO2 in just one year.