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(l-r) Matt Western MP, Prem Gabbi (National Grid), Heidi Thompson (Mitie), Matthew Brailsford (Mitie)

Mitie marks major milestone in Plan Zero journey 

Mitie has welcomed the 4,000th electric vehicle (EV), a Volkswagen ID Buzz, to its fleet. The milestone marks a major step in Mitie’s road to net zero, underscoring its commitment to creating a zero emission fleet.

Over the past year alone, Mitie has added over 1,000 new EVs, solidifying its position as one of the largest electric fleets in the UK.

The vehicle was unveiled by Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington at National Grid House. Western serves as the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on EVs and was able to hear how Mitie is decarbonising Britain through sustainable transport, from deploying electric vehicles to its colleagues and customers, to installing thousands of EV charge points across the nation.

Western commented: “It was great to have the opportunity to welcome Mitie’s 4,000th electric vehicle to its fleet and hear from the team about the important work they are doing. It is seriously impressive how Mitie are leading the way with one of the largest electric fleets in the UK. Businesses have a significant role in reducing transport emissions and I encourage all businesses to look at decarbonising their fleets.”

The 4,000th EV is one of 650 new Volkswagen ID Buzz’s ordered by Mitie. These long-range electric vehicles will cater to a wide range of Mitie colleagues, including cleaning operatives, landscaping colleagues, and mobile engineers traveling between sites. The vehicle is part of a new multi-million pound partnership between Mitie and National Grid, with Mitie delivering facilities management services at over 260 National Grid sites.

With 60 per cent of its fleet now electric, Mitie is on track to meet its target of electrifying its fleet by the end of 2025.

Heidi Thompson, Group Fleet Manager, Mitie, said: “Reaching our 4,000th EV is a major milestone on our journey to reaching a zero-emission fleet by the end of 2025. The vehicle joining our fleet at National Grid will serve a crucial role for our cleaning operatives on the contract. It was a pleasure to be joined by the local MP, Matt Western, who in his role as the Chair of the APPG on EVs is driving forward the importance of fleet electrification, championing UK businesses to embrace EV strategies.”

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