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Mitie expands electric van fleet with 650 VW ID. Buzz Cargos

One of the UK’s biggest facilities management companies has expanded its fleet of electric vehicles with 650 new VW ID. Buzz Cargo vans.

Mitie signed the agreement – one of the largest electric van deals so far – as part of its plans to reach net zero emissions by the end of 2025. The specially converted Buzz Cargos join a fleet of 4,000 EVs already in use across the firm’s operations.

Mitie said it selected VW’s first electric van due to its premium driving experience, all-electric range and competitive price, as well as its practical loadspace. To meet its needs, Mitie worked Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Mitie’s conversion partner, Gentili UK, to devise a bespoke loading solution. This includes one side of lightweight racking with four shelves to safely hold parts and equipment, as well as a lockable cabinet for high-value tools. The van’s load-through bulkhead removes the need for roof racks and external pipe carriers.

Craig Cavanagh, national fleet manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The ID. Buzz Cargo is a sustainable business companion, operating as an on-the-go all-electric office. We are delighted that we were able to facilitate the bespoke solutions for Mitie, so that it can use the ID. Buzz Cargo in the manner that it requires.”

Heidi Thompson, group fleet manager at Mitie, commented: “As one of the UK leaders in electric fleets, with more than 4,000 Mitie EVs on the road, we’re always looking for new vehicle options that will help us meet our broad range of business needs.

“With Mitie colleagues giving great reviews on the comfort, driving experience, and practicality of the ID. Buzz Cargo, this model was an ideal choice to cater to the diverse requirements of our engineers, cleaners and landscaping colleagues that will be driving the Buzz.”

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.