Sky has acquired 11 new Mercedes-Benz eVito electric panel vans which will be used by its engineers to service TV and broadband customers across the UK.
The media and entertainment company has purchased the latest eVito van, featuring a 66kWH battery with rapid DC charging, thanks to its 162-mile range and versatility.
All 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 recognisable to the public.
The purchase, made with the help of Dealer Midlands Truck & Van, aligns with the Sky Zero mission; to cut its carbon emissions and those of its suppliers by at least 50% within the next seven years.
Lorraine McNiven, Fleet Operations Manager at Sky, said, “The eVito is a 100% electric model that means there is no need for us to compromise while taking a greener path.
“The size and specifications of the vehicle make it an ideal workspace for our engineers once it has been customised to our needs by Bott, and we can enjoy the confidence that comes with Mercedes-Benz manufacturing.”
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.”