DPD has become the first UK customer for the all-new, fully-electric eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The parcels delivery company 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 now 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 starting a nationwide roll-out of its EV fleet as soon as possible. The Mercedes-Benz eVito employs an electric motor which channels its 116 hp output to the front wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission and 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 about 93 miles – this is supplemented by recuperative energy technology, but will be reduced by constant driving with a full load. DPD’s eVito models have 3.2-tonne gross weights.
As long-bodied variants, each offers up to 6.0m3 of cargo area, and a payload allowance of 1,043 kg. The eVito panel van is also available in extra-long form, with 6.6m3 load volume and 1,073 kg maximum carrying capacity.
Before delivery, the 10 vans underwent conversion by Manchester-based specialist Handsfree Group, which installed DPD’s own communications systems and fitted additional security measures.