Facilities management company Mitie has won a £4.5m contract to install and maintain electric vehicle (EV) charging points for the Environment Agency, a delivery body of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Building on its existing relationship delivering facilities management for DEFRA with this new partnership, Mitie will establish an EV charging network across more than 100 sites up and down the UK and 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 EV drivers have access to a reliable and secure charging system across all its sites. Mitie will design and install approximately 450 EV chargers and be responsible for their operation and maintenance during the contract.
“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,” said Pradyumna Pandit, Managing Director of Sustainability and Energy Services at Mitie.
“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.”
According to Mitie, minimising its impact on the environment will be central to how the company delivers the contract. With around 2,500 electric vehicles in the Mitie fleet, survey and installation teams will use EVs 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, allowing 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.