Hermes, Germany’s largest post-independent logistics service provider for deliveries to private customers, has entered a strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz Vans to operate battery-electric vehicles. The partnership will start a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg in early 2018. By the end of 2020, Hermes Germany intends to deploy 1500 Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter electric vans in urban areas across Germany.
“Electric mobility plays a key role as part of our long-term strategy for climate and environmental protection. An important key aspect for the future is the gradual electrification of our fleet in urban areas. At the same time, we are continuing with the full changeover to low-emission Euro 6 vehicles”, said Frank Rausch, CEO of Hermes Germany GmbH.
By the year 2025, Hermes plans to carry out deliveries in the inner-city areas of all major German cities completely free of emissions. Only electricity from 100 percent regenerative energy sources will be used to charge the electric vehicles’ batteries.
With this partnership, Mercedes-Benz Vans is taking a further significant step towards the implementation of its strategic future initiative, adVANce, which was presented last year. With adVANce, Mercedes-Benz Vans is being transformed from a pure vehicle manufacturer into a supplier of customer-oriented holistic system solutions.
Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia and New Zealand Diane Tarr said, “When series-production starts to ramp up at the end of 2018, the intention is that electric vans will start to be offered to all our customers. This will not be limited to Germany but in the first instance, we are focusing on the European market.
We believe commercial vehicles will be another driving force for electric vehicle adoption in Australia and New Zealand. It has the potential to create more demand and with that comes more electric vehicle infrastructure and awareness of the benefits this technology provides. We already have preliminary interest from some major fleet customers who are looking to improve efficiency and sustainability in their operations.”