The Renault Master E-Tech has been chosen by distributor of workplace products and services Lyreco to spearhead the transition of its UK business to an all-electric delivery fleet.
Lyreco, which has a presence in 25 countries in Europe and Asia, has introduced 17 all-electric E-Tech panel vans to its London operation, which will work out of its Greenford, Tottenham and Dartford distribution depots.
They are the first electrified light commercial vehicles that the multinational company has used in the UK.
The arrival of the panel vans is the culmination of a two-year search by Lyreco to find a solution that matched its proposition for an electrified London delivery fleet.
Any solution had to offer not only optimum environmental compatibility, but also the capability to complete an extensive multi-drop route without any impact on efficiency or service.
While its London-based vans will not cover a great deal of miles completing delivery routes, they will carry a significant amount of customer orders.
The Master E-Tech provides the business with a range of up to 75 miles on a single charge, with an 80 per cent charge being achievable in 4.5 hours.
Lyreco will charge its new vans via 7kW charge points that it has recently installed across its London distribution depots.
The company has also invested in EV driver training.
Richard Taylor, Head of Operations – Supply Chain, Lyreco UK & Ireland, said: “The purchase of Master E-Tech vans sends a clear message to our customers, our colleagues and the wider public, of our green credentials and commitment to sustainability.
“It means that where range and payload permits, our deliveries in London will be made by 100 per cent electric vehicles that will not contribute to air and noise pollution.