Complete Business Solutions has introduced electric vans to its fleet for the first time and has outlined an ambition to convert its entire fleet of delivery vehicles to zero-emission models by 2022.
The business supplies and services provider has started its transition with 17 new Mercedes-Benz eSprinter models.
“This is no mere aspiration, it’s a firm commitment,” said chief executive Richard Coulson. “Our vans work throughout Britain from a network of 20 depots and all will be electric by the end of 2022. We believe we’ll be the first national operator in any sector, not just our own, to achieve such a transformation.”
The business has been working on a plan to switch its 177-strong fleet to electric vehicles (EVs) since 2016 and has structured its operation around the use of an electric fleet. Its regional hubs, delivery runs and works schedules have all been designed around the range capabilities of EVs.
Complete Business Solutions also plans to fit rooftop solar panels at all its depots to provide sustainable energy for recharging.
Coulson added: “Essentially, we have placed being a 100% electric van operator at the heart of everything we do, and we’re heading towards making this a reality. We’re already 100% electric at our London base and the 17 eSprinters now going into our regional sites inject real substance into our pledge.
“We’re taking this step to reduce our own carbon footprint but by doing so we also help our customers minimise the effects of their supply chains on the environment by cutting their Scope 2 and 3 emissions, which are difficult to reduce. What’s more, we’re doing so proactively – nobody has pushed us.
“We’re very proud to be leading the way on such an important issue, at a time when companies are looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions in order to slow down climate change.”
The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter’s 55kWh battery pack provides a range of 95 miles. It is mounted beneath the body, so does not impinge on cargo carrying space.
Although the eSprinters represent Complete’s first investments in electric Mercedes-Benz van technology, the company has run diesel-engined versions for many years.