Mercedes-Benz Vans will be producing 1 500 all-electric vans for Hermes, Germany’s largest independent logistics firm.

From next year, the company will begin using battery-electric vehicles in normal operations in a pilot phase in Stuttgart and Hamburg. The focus will be on the benefits, sustainability and practicality provided by emission-free delivery vans when used for the last mile.

By the end of 2020, Hermes intends to deploy 1 500 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,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “Last-mile deliveries must become more efficient and – in specific applications – emission-free.

“We are proud to 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.”

Mornhinweg said Hermes required 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.”