Office supplies distributor Lyreco has added 17 Renault Master E-Tech panel vans to its fleet.
The new vans, the first fully-electric LCVs to join the company’s fleet, will work out of its distribution depots in Greenford, Tottenham, and Dartford.
The vans are said to have been chosen after a two-year search by Lyreco for vans that met its requirements, including having payloads over 1,000kg, which the Master models exceed even with floor and side cladding added.
The company was already familiar with Renault vans, which make up 75% of its national 3.5t delivery fleet.
The new vans, in Business spec, feature a sustainable, environmentally-friendly wrap, and will be charged using chargers installed across Lyreco’s depots.
The order was managed via ERA Fleet Cost Management, another long-term partner of the Lyreco fleet team, with the vehicles supplied by the fleet sales division of Renault Retail Group.
Lyreco UK and Ireland head of operations – supply chain Richard Taylor 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% electric vehicles that will not contribute to air and noise pollution.
“Electric vans are currently the leading sustainable solution for our future operations and while the technology has been available for a couple of years, introducing any into our fleet before now would have been detrimental to our customer experience – the range and payload were simply not there.
“Making the transition to EVs had to work in every aspect and the Master E-Tech now ticks all the boxes. While we considered several different vans, it was also reassuring that we would be exploring such an important move into electrification with a brand that was a known quantity to us.”