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Mitie reinforces electric fleet commitment

Mitie has signed the Clean Van Commitment which builds on its promise to ensure 20 per cent of its small van and car fleet is electric within the next two years.

The outsourcer launched its electric fleet strategy last month, when it announced it had ordered 400 electric vehicles (EVs) to support the fight against climate change and air pollution. The company, which runs over 3,500 compact vans and cars, will run over 700 EVs by the end of 2020.

The Clean Van Commitment is a coalition of 16 major UK fleet operators, including Tesco, Network Rail and United Utilities, which has promised to deploy 2,400 electric vans by 2020 and to replace 18,000 diesel vans with electric ones by 2028. Its members want to signal to auto manufacturers that demand exists for the development of electric vans to replace diesel ones.

Mitie has also been recognised as a Go Ultra Low company, which is jointly run by Government and vehicle manufacturers, and has 160 signatories. Mitie joins other companies that have committed to increase the number of electric vehicles in their fleets. The organisation highlights the benefits and capabilities of electric vehicles via a communications campaign.

The UK’s four million vans are a significant contributor to UK air pollution. Mitie is starting by replacing its small diesel vans with 100 Nissan E-NV 200 vans, but there are currently no workable solutions to replace larger vehicles.

Simon King, Fleet and Procurement Director, Mitie, said: “Recent climate change reports have warned that there are just 12 years left to limit climate change catastrophe so we all need to act now. Whilst we are pioneering the introduction of electric small vans and cars in our sector, we also need a viable option for larger vehicles too. We’re keen to drive a wider effort to make all vans on UK roads zero emission.”

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