The UK facilities management company Mitie has selected Pod Point as its sole chargepoint supplier. The move comes as a part of its plans to electrify 20% of the Mitie fleet of smaller vehicles by 2020.
The ambitious plan follows the decision to enact the ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) zone in London, which would greatly affect the company’s mobility. Simon King, head of Mitie’s fleet and procurement, admits as much: “Changing behaviour is a key roadblock, so having access to adequate charging infrastructure, installed in the right places, will be vital to ensuring we can meet this challenge, so our drivers can plug-in and charge, wherever they are.”
For their part, Pod Point will be installing 800 chargepoints at Mitie and client offices, as well as employee homes by the end of 2020. This will ensure a more holistic approach than simply allowing customers and employees to charge at the offices, as they will likely have to return home at some point.
Mitie employs around 54,000 persons in the UK, meaning that the charging infrastructure will be a large project to cover, especially if homes are to be included before the end of next year. The move will however also have a large impact for the effort put in, as the company currently holds about 6,700 vehicles, including cars, vans and various utility vehicles. When adding the incentivisation and ease of access for their employees to convert their private mobility use to a more green mode, this is likely exactly what the London lawmakers had in mind with the ULEV.