In February, Parcelforce Worldwide purchased 1,106 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311CDI vans. The German vehicle manufacturer was chosen after extensive competitive trials where Parcelforce’s drivers tested and provided detailed feedback on the vans’ performance.
Senior procurement manager Simon Arnott said: “They (the drivers) rated the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first in its large panel van class. The Sprinter scored particularly high in driver’s seat. driving position, cab comfort, ride comfort, cornering, handling and driving performance.”
The Sprinter 311CDI delivery vans also scored for its environment-friendliness with its ECO-Start system, which automatically stops and restarts the engine during halts in slow traffic.
This is one part of Parcelforce’s plans to cut its fleet fuel consumption by 5%.
We just saw one of these vans in front of our local Tesco’s, prompting our read-up here! A highly applauded action by Parcelforce, a step in the right direction by one of the big players.
3 comments on “Parcelforce roll out 1,100 eco-friendly delivery vans”
As an owner driver with 4 people currently at Parcelforce we have looked at the true costs and benefits of these vans and found that they offer the best value for money all round whilst providing the drivers with a superior environment to work in! ( it is their office after all!)
My one comment would be that every Parcelforce employee i have spoken to has immediately switched the "Eco system" off via the rather convenient override button on the dashboard. We love it and the fuel savings make a huge difference to our bottom line profits – Thank you!
Yes, Van deliver to the destination safely, quickly and at a great price and keep you fully informed of your item’s progress at all times.
Really valuable post. It will also helpful to lots of people.
We are currently using Fiat mostly. I wonder how soon would investment in Sprinter pay off.. For small companies this is an important factor, unfortunately.
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