The landscaping arm of Mite has launched the UK’s first zero emission gritting service for commercial use, using a 100 per cent electric vehicle (EV) with a battery-powered gritter attached and sustainable white marine salt.
The new service is being trialled in Nottingham, with the gritter following a specially designed route in order to maximise the number of sites it can de-ice on one charge. While the gritter currently lasts around five hours between charging, as the trial continues Mitie will review how and where it is used to make the process more efficient, before rolling out to more cities ahead of winter 2021.
Both the EV itself and the vehicle-mounted gritter are charged each day at the Mitie Landscapes office in Nottingham, which is powered by REGO-backed renewable energy, meaning the service is truly zero emission.
Mitie Landscapes designed the zero emission electric gritting service to support customers looking to reduce their environmental impact, particularly those in high-pollution areas, such as cities.
Tim Howell, Managing Director, Landscapes, Mitie, said: “When people think about cutting carbon emissions, gritting may not seem an obvious place to start. However, to be truly sustainable, businesses need to consider every aspect of their operations. We’re proud to be launching the UK’s first zero emission gritting service to help our customers keep their sites safe, while minimising their impact on the planet.”
The introduction of the new service builds on Mitie’s electric vehicle commitments, with the EV gritter joining more 900 other EVs already in Mitie’s fleet.