DPD has become the first UK customer for the all-new, fully-electric eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The parcels delivery business has commissioned 10 Long-bodied versions of the mid-sized model, which combines a competitive carrying capacity with zero tailpipe emissions.
The new vans will enter service in London, where DPD commenced operations from its first, fully-electric final mile delivery centre in Westminster late last year.
DPD is planning a further eight all-electric micro depots in the capital, as well as commencing a nationwide roll-out of its EV fleet as soon as possible.
Dave Winchcombe, Head of Transport at DPD UK, said: “Mercedes-Benz vehicles form the backbone of our operation, and our partnership with the manufacturer is one that we value extremely highly.
“We are delighted, therefore, to have become the first customer for a van which, in terms of performance and practicality, represents a big step forward on the road towards a lower carbon future.”
The eVito employs an electric motor which channels 116hp output to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission – the column-mounted selector features C, E and E+ settings (Comfort, Eco and Extended range) settings. The electric driveline means acceleration is instantaneous.
The vehicle’s 41 kWh battery is securely mounted in a protective housing beneath the cargo floor, and does not compromise the load area. Fully recharged in six hours, it gives the eVito a range of approximately 93 miles – this is supplemented by recuperative energy technology, but will be reduced by constant driving with a full load.
Prior to delivery, the 10 vans underwent conversion by Manchester-based specialist Handsfree Group, which installs DPD’s own communications systems and fits additional security measures.
Mercedes-Benz Vans expects to supply some 350 eVito models to major fleet customers this year. The first examples will be delivered to small- and medium-sized customers (SMEs) via Retailers early in 2020.
The eSprinter is scheduled to make its UK debut towards the end of this year, with full production due to commence next spring.