Mercedes-Benz Vans and Hermes agreed on a strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet.
By the end of 2020, Hermes Germany intends to deploy 1500 Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter electric vans in urban areas across Germany. In early 2018, a pilot phase starts in Stuttgart and Germany.
Electric drive is a key technology for urban transport – especially in commercial use. Last-mile deliveries must become more efficient and – in specific applications – emission-free. Last year, we announced that we will put a Mercedes-Benz electric van into series production again; our first one was in 2011. We are proud that we can already announce that Hermes will be our first customer – and with a significant number of vehicles at that.
The partners have set themselves the goal of improving efficiency, productivity and sustainability in parcel deliveries. This should be achieved with quiet, locally emission-free vehicles, which are optimizing the urban areas. By the year 2025, Hermes plans to carry out deliveries in the inner-city areas of all major German cities completely free of emissions. Solely electricity from 100 percent regenerative energy sources will be used to charge the electric vehicles’ batteries. The electricity will be generated with a completely neutral effect on the climate and, accordingly, in line with the green-electricity label “Grüner Strom” from the environmental associations. One special focus is on the technical feasibility and economic efficiency of battery-electric vehicles in the CEP industry. New concepts are to be developed for the integration of battery-electric vans – including the required charging infrastructure – into existing operational processes.
Another crucial driver of efficiency improvements is the development of system solutions in the vehicle and beyond that are optimally adapted for the specific applications. Mercedes-Benz Vans will implement connected service, for example, services that facilitate optimal route planning with the use of information on the vans’ batteries and remaining range.
The collaboration extends far beyond the operation of battery electric vehicles. It also encompasses the joint development of a concept for an efficient charging infrastructure at Hermes logistics centers and IT services for optimum control of the electric fleet. Furthermore, the partners intend to develop holistic system solutions to increase efficiency across the entire delivery process. This includes, for instance, automatic cargo-space systems that can speed up the loading and unloading of packages. Moreover, Mercedes-Benz Vans is supporting Hermes with special leasing deals – also for service partners under contract to Hermes – to help modernize its courier fleet.
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.