The facilities?management?and?professional services?company Mitie has launched a new service to share its electric vehicle expertise with fleet operators looking to switch to electric vehicles.

The Plan Zero Fleet Transition Service will use Mitie’s experience in managing its own electric vehicle (EV) rollout and charge point installation programme to support others in their EV journey.

The end-to-end solution will encompass all stages of EV transition, from vehicle choice to charging infrastructure, through to travel policies and maintenance.

The Transition Service will follow a roadmap with five key stages:

1. Developing fleet transformation model: Mitie will review the business’ transport, fleet and carbon emission profile to develop a bespoke and comprehensive fleet strategy

2. Installing a charge point network: Mitie will install charge points at workplaces and employee homes, working with its in-house team of energy experts to ensure the appropriate power infrastructure is in place

3. Transitioning existing fleet: As vehicles reach their end of life, Mitie will support their phased replacement with an EV alternative, as well as supporting the business’ wider transition – such as introducing employee travel policies and training

4. Connect, maintain & operate: After installation, charge points can be connected to Mitie’s Service Operations Centre for remote maintenance, usage and performance checks. This provides real-time data on how often charge points are used and prevents unexpected downtime

5. Generate income: Mitie can help increase the financial savings of an EV rollout by generating income, for example through public charging initiatives.

Mitie has more than 500 EVs joining the fleet and 600 charge points installed in less than a year. In the 12 months to 31 March 2020, they saved 1,351 tonnes of carbon as a result of switching these vehicles to electric models.

Mitie is also working with its in-house Energy Team to oversee the installation of hundreds of charge points at its offices, employee homes and customer sites, powered by renewable energy sources wherever possible.

Pradyumna Pandit, Managing Director of Sustainability and Energy Services, Mitie, said: ‘While the environmental and financial case for electric vehicles is clear, for businesses just beginning their EV journey, making the switch can seem a daunting task.

‘With one of the UK’s most ambitious electric fleet strategies, Mitie has learnt first-hand how to tackle the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities that come with an EV rollout. I am proud to be sharing our knowledge so we can support more British businesses in transitioning their own fleets to electric.’

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