EUROPCAR Mobility Group has joined forces with Mercedes-Benz Vans to give businesses that use commercial vehicles the chance to put electric motoring to the test in real world conditions.
The partnership will see the Mercedes-Benz eVito panel van trialed by a number of Europcar customers over the next six months to help them understand the types of journeys and user applications that are best suited to electric motoring.
GeoTab telematics units including purpose-built EV reporting and Sure-Cam in-car dash cam technology are also being integrated into the vehicles to ensure Europcar, Mercedes-Benz and the eVito users can gain the best possible insight from the trials.
Gary Smith, Managing Director, Europcar Mobility Group, said: “Many businesses are eager to adopt the most sustainable fleet solutions but still need to understand how these will work for their operational models.
“By offering this simple test drive facility, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, we are enabling businesses to try out an electric van on a day to day basis to see if it will work for them.
“In the longer term, we believe renting electric will prove a massive benefit to businesses that are working in low emissions zones on a short term basis, or simply want to temporarily integrate an electric van into their existing fleet for on demand environmentally friendly motoring.
“The learnings from the trials will, therefore, help us shape our electric van rental solutions for the future, as well as provide Mercedes-Benz with valuable customer feedback.”
The eVito long wheelbase panel van has a range of approximately 150 km calculated according to the WLTP procedure.
The installed battery capacity is 41 kWh and can be used at a charging power of 7.2 kW in about 6 hours fully charged from 0 to 100%. With its cargo volume of 6.0 m3 there are no restrictions due to the electric drive, with a payload capacity of up to 923kg
Ideal for driving in city traffic or running scheduled, recurring routes, the eVito is suitable for all sectors and applications, once the range and charging requirements are taken into account.