DPD Germany has acquired 150 eSprinters from Mercedes-Benz Vans for its fleets in Hamburg, Essen and Nuremberg in alignment with its sustainability strategy.
The eSprinters have a gross weight of 3,500kg, a battery capacity of 47kWh with a range of 128-158km and have a maximum payload of 849kg. The integrated quick-charge function was designed to ensure that the battery can be recharged from 10% to 80% within approximately 25 minutes. Additionally, the cargo volume of 11m³ can be used without restriction, as the batteries are installed in the underbody. The electric drive powers the front wheels and produces 85kW with a torque of up to 295Nm.
These features were installed to improve the sustainability of DPD Germany’s downtown last-mile deliveries. The vans are intended to run short, plannable delivery tours with many stops for delivery staff with a high proportion of parcels to private consignees – without releasing exhaust or noise emissions. The deployment follows a trial period which was conducted in Hamburg.
Sarah Keller, group manager of corporate delivery management at DPD Germany, said, “We are very proud to be expanding our electric fleet with 150 eSprinters and actively using them in urban deliveries. For us the use of powerful e-transporters is an important component of our aim to continuously reduce our transport emissions. We are delighted to have found a supplier in Mercedes-Benz that can offer us electrically powered vehicles that combine sustainability and efficiency in equal measure.”
Steffen Lucas, head of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans in Europe and head of van sales in Germany, said, “With the eSprinter we have a vehicle in our portfolio that is ideally suited to the requirements of the courier, express and parcel service industry in terms of its specifications and range. I am therefore very pleased that DPD Germany has decided in favour of our eSprinter, and that from now on even more DPD drivers and their customers will be able to experience the many advantages of locally emissions-free driving with vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans.”