Coventry Council is supporting local businesses that want to make the switch to electric drive, with four Mercedes-Benz eSprinters supplied by local dealer Midlands Truck & Van.
With funding from the Highways Agency, the council is building a fleet of electric vans and cars, that are then offered for free extended trials to local businesses. The Electric Fleet First scheme provides the van for up to two months, along with grants towards the installation of charging points from partner EO Charging.
The first eSprinter proved so popular with local traders that the council has ordered a further three vans. The Paneer Wrap Streetfood Company was among the first to trial the van.
“The eSprinter is fantastic, a really impressive vehicle, “said company owner Dev Bhamra.
“It certainly created a buzz among our customers. The people who buy our food are generally very aware of environmental issues and were delighted to see us using a van that produces zero exhaust emissions.”
Five other English local authorities are running similar schemes with backing from the Highways Agency, in Bristol, Kent, Leeds, Nottingham and Sheffield.
For more about the road to zero, read about Spie’s extension of their electric options.