Strategic partnership: Hermes to deploy 1500 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Vito with electric drive

Future opportunity for Australian and New Zealand customers

  • Strategic partnership to electrify the Hermes vehicle fleet
  • 1500 electric vans for urban deliveries from Mercedes-Benz Vans
  • Pilot project to start in early 2018 in Hamburg and Stuttgart
  • Focus on economy, practicality and sustainability
  • Significant reductions in exhaust and noise emissions
  • Connectivity and cargo space: Mercedes-Benz Vans also supplies system solutions
  • Future opportunity to provide new customer solutions in Australia and New Zealand

Hermes and Mercedes-Benz Vans have agreed on a wide-ranging strategic partnership to electrify the courier service’s vehicle fleet. Hermes is Germany’s largest post-independent logistics service provider for deliveries to private customers. The companies are to start using battery-electric vehicles in the logistics provider’s normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg in early 2018. The focus will be on the economy, sustainability and practicality of emission-free delivery vans when used for the last mile. By the end of 2020, Hermes Germany intends to deploy 1500 Mercedes-Benz Vito and Sprinter electric vans in urban areas across 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 would 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. This is a specific implementation of our plans for tailored industry solutions in cooperation with our customers. Hermes requires mid-size and large vans with electric drive for its applications. We can meet both needs with high-quality, reliable and safe vehicles that set high standards also in terms of driver ergonomics”, stated Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“Electric mobility plays a key role as part of our long-term strategy for climate and environmental protection. With this in mind, we are continuing along the path of sustainably renewing our fleet of vehicles. The strategic partnership with Mercedes-Benz is another milestone in this process. We are especially pleased to have Mercedes-Benz at our side as a prestigious partner since 1972. 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.

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More economy and sustainability, higher service quality

The partners have set themselves the goal of improving efficiency, productivity and sustainability in parcel deliveries. This has been partially triggered by the rapid growth in online retailing and the resulting challenges for courier-express-parcel (CEP) companies. Another aim is to generate and implement ideas that improve service quality for the customers. With the help of quiet, locally emission-free vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and Hermes Germany want to mak