Parcel collection and delivery service Hermes has underscored its commitment to an emissions-free future by placing an order for 168 Mercedes-Benz eSprinters.
The zero-emission vans should all be on the road before the end of the year. They will be assigned to Hermes’ ParcelShops service, which operates from more than 5,000 convenience stores and other locations nationwide.
The company’s first substantial investment in battery-powered vans follows successful trials of a pair of eSprinter demonstrators supplied by Intercounty Truck & Van.
Hermes has commissioned Pod Point UK to install charging points at its network of depots, with the focus initially on those in London and other cities that have introduced low emission zones.
Hermes says it plans to undertake all ParcelShop collections with electric vehicles ‘at the earliest opportunity’.
Hermes head of fleet, David Landy, commented: “The transition to a zero-emission electric fleet is integral to our ESG (environment, social and governance) agenda, and we’ve been keen to take the next, major step forward towards this goal.”
“We’re at the very beginning of what is going to be a long and challenging process,” continued David. “This is new technology, so product support will be crucial. There are electric vans out there that offer a longer range than the eSprinter, but any electric vehicle is going to break down, and it’s going to do so in new ways too.
“When that happens we want to know there’s an army of people out there who are fully clued-up and able to get us back on the road as quickly as possible. Mercedes-Benz Vans gives me that confidence.”