Media and entertainment company Sky has purchased 11 new Mercedes eVito electric panel vans which will be used by engineers to service TV and broadband customers across the UK.
The firm has acquired the latest eVito model, featuring a 66kWH battery with rapid DC charging, and 162-mile range.
The 11 vehicles have been converted by Leicestershire-based Bott to incorporate the bespoke racking and telematics systems required by Sky as well as graphic wraps.
Supplied by dealer Midlands Truck & Van, the vans will also help the company reach its Sky Zero mission – to cut its carbon emissions and those of its suppliers by at least 50% within the next seven years.
Rob Hannam, Head of Fleet at Unipart Logistics, which works with Sky as a repair and customer service partner, said: “There are very few electric panel vans on the market, and even fewer that are suitable for carrying the equipment engineers need to fix problems quickly – so the eVito was the obvious choice.
“I am sure drivers will love its excellent handling and comfort, while most importantly the new vehicle will help Sky cut its carbon footprint even further.”
Lorraine McNiven, Fleet Operations Manager at Sky, said the size and specifications of the vehicle make it an ideal workspace for engineers having also been customised to their needs by Bott.
She added: “The eVito is a 100% electric model that means there is no need for us to compromise while taking a greener path.”