A survey of its drivers that have switched to electric vehicles showed that 91% of Mitie employees are glad to have made the move, with financial and environmental benefits top of the list of positives.
The survey also found that 89% of the 267 fleet drivers that have received their electric vehicle and 65 more than are awaiting delivery would recommend the technology to friends and family, and 92% to colleagues, while 62% said they are considering switching their second household vehicle to electric.
When asked if there was anything they disliked, 48% responded that the lack of public charge and in particular rapid charge points is an issue, although 22% said there was nothing they disliked.
Mitie has committed to switching 20% of its car and small van fleet to electric by the end of this year, and 100% by 2025.
“It’s fantastic to hear that the feedback from our EV drivers has been overwhelmingly positive, with so many colleagues recommending others switch too. However, what these findings demonstrate once again is that charge point availability remains a barrier for many,” said Simon King, Director of Sustainability and Social Value, Mitie. “With charging infrastructure receiving just a fraction of the investment that is spent on our road network, we now need a national approach with more investment from Government and local authorities – especially for communal and on-street parking.”
The company recently added its 750th electric vehicle, passing the 20% target for 2020 ahead of schedule, and said it is adding an average of 75 electric vehicles per month.
“With our first electric vehicle joining our fleet just 15 months ago, I’m incredibly proud that we’ve delivered on our ambitious commitment to switch 20% of our cars and small vans to EV, three months ahead of schedule,” said King. “But this is just the first leg of our journey. We’re committed to going further and faster, having pledged to have a zero-emission fleet by 2025.”