Mitie has won a £4.5 million contract to install and maintain electric vehicle (EV) charge points for the UK Environment Agency, a delivery body of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Mitie, the UK’s leading facilities management and professional services company, is building on its existing relationship delivering facilities management for DEFRA with this new partnership.
This collaboration will see Mitie establish an electric vehicle charging network at over 100 sites across the UK. Plus it will maintain it for an initial two-year contract term, with the option to extend for three more years.
The new contract will support the Environment Agency’s transition to a zero emissions fleet by ensuring electric vehicle drivers have access to a reliable and secure charging system across all its sites.
Mitie will design and install approximately 450 electric car chargers and be responsible for their operation and maintenance during the contract. This builds on Mitie’s experience in this space, having already installed electric vehicle charge points for its customers and colleagues across the UK.
Minimising its impact on the environment will be central to how Mitie delivers this contract. For example, with around 2,500 electric vehicles on the Mitie fleet, survey and installation teams will use electric vehicles across the contract wherever possible, reducing transport emissions in the delivery of the chargers.
The contract will also see the introduction of software that remotely connects the chargers. This will allow the Environment Agency and Mitie to monitor how each charge point is performing in real time.
The software will also identify any faults or issues that need repairing, performing remote fixes and restarts where possible. This will drive quicker fix times and reduce how often engineers need to physically visit sites, ensuring charge point downtime is kept to a minimum.
Pradyumna Pandit, Mitie managing director of Sustainability and Energy Services, said: “As the operators of one of the UK’s largest electric vehicle fleets, we are delighted to be sharing our expertise with the Environment Agency through this exciting partnership.
“As organisations continue to commit to sustainable fleets, it is imperative that there is sufficient infrastructure in place for electric vehicles to charge. This contract is a great example of how we are using our EV experience to help more organisations accelerate towards their zero emission targets.”