A Volkswagen ID. Buzz van has become the 4,000th EV to join the fleet of facilities management company Mitie.

The van is one of 650 ID. Buzz vehicles Mitie has ordered, and part of a new multi-million-pound partnership between Mitie and National Grid, with Mitie delivering facilities management services at over 260 National Grid sites.

The vehicle was unveiled by local MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on EVs, Matt Western, at National Grid’s Warwick headquarters

With 60% of its fleet now electric, having added more than 1,000 EVs during the past year, Mitie is said to be on track to meet its target of electrifying its fleet by the end of 2025.

Mitie group fleet manager Heidi Thompson said: “Reaching our 4,000th EV is a major milestone on our journey to reaching a zero-emission fleet by the end of 2025. The vehicle joining our fleet at National Grid will serve a crucial role for our cleaning operatives on the contract. 

“It was a pleasure to be joined by the local MP, Matt Western, who in his role as the chair of the APPG on EVs is driving forward the importance of fleet electrification, championing UK businesses to embrace EV strategies.”

Western said: “It was great to have the opportunity to welcome Mitie’s 4,000th electric vehicle to its fleet and hear from the team about the important work they are doing. 

“It is seriously impressive how Mitie are leading the way with one of the largest electric fleets in the UK. Businesses have a significant role in reducing transport emissions and I encourage all businesses to look at decarbonising their fleets.”