Well it got through its first day ok, well received by all who drove it.
It drives nicely, slightly larger turning circle than the ice version.
Range is not much of an issue as the majority of our vans do less than 30 miles per day.
Payload is more of an issue, but I’m hopeful we can manage this by better vehicle allocation.
The cost will be between £7-800 pcm over 2 years which isn’t a massive uplift over a traditional ice. I have also been looking at electric trucks and they are at least 4 times the cost of diesel and really not that good.
Mercedes are doing it over 2 years as they expect developments and improvements to come quickly.
This one is conversion of the standard sprinter, a ground up all new electric van is in testing and development.
At the end the 2 weeks we’ll be swapping it out for an eVito.
I am very much of the opinion that even if it doesn’t fit the bill exactly, if we can make it work in some circumstances then we really should make the effort. If we can change 10 or 15% of the fleet initially, then that’s a good thing right?